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Millennials around the world — those between the ages of 18 and 34 — are exposed to the highest levels of online risk and suffer the most severe consequences from those risks when compared to other age groups, a new Microsoft study shows. In addition, once millennials have had a negative experience online, more so than other age groups they lose trust in others online and off; they become stressed, depressed, lose sleep or lose a friend; and they worry that the hurtful experience will happen again.
These results are from Microsoft's latest research into digital civility: how people are being treated online and how they are treating others, as well as Microsoft's effort to encourage safer and healthier online interactions among all people. The study, "Civility, Safety and Interaction Online — 2018," will be released on international Safer Internet Day in February, and polled teens and adults in 22 countries about the various risks they face online. This year's survey builds on similar work done over the past two years that surveyed the same age groups. A total of 11,157 people took the latest poll.
Countries surveyed: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada*, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Singapore*, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam. (* Indicates the first time this country has been included in this research.)
In the latest study, the 21 risks break down as follows:
Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of millennials in 22 countries said they experienced at least one of 21 different online risks. That compares to 62 percent of baby boomers (ages 50-74), 63 percent of teens (ages 13-17) and 66 percent of Generation Xers (ages 35-49). In fact, data show, on average, millennials experienced 3.4 risks of the 21 our research asked about. That compares to 2.7 risks on average for both teens and Gen Xers, and 2.2 risks on average for baby boomers. The most common online risks encountered by millennials included unwanted contact (46 percent); hoaxes, scams and fraud (34 percent); and unwanted "sext" messages (28 percent).
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
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