Online dating research studies
The first set of experiences is somewhat less severe: it includes name-calling and embarrassment.
It is a layer of annoyance so common that those who see or experience it say they often ignore it.
Women were more likely than men to find their most recent experience with online harassment extremely or very upsetting—38% of harassed women said so of their most recent experience, compared with 17% of harassed men.
Again, there were differences in the emotional impact of online harassment based on the level of severity one had experienced in the past.
After-effects of online harassment: Asked how upsetting their most recent experience with harassment was, the responses ran a spectrum from being quite jarring to being of no real consequence: Taken together, half found their most recent experience with online harassment a little or not at all upsetting.
Those who experienced physical threats and sustained harassment felt differently.
Some 37% of those who have ever experienced sexual harassment, stalking, physical threats, or sustained harassment called their most recent incident with online harassment “extremely” or “very” upsetting compared with 19% of those who have experienced name-calling or embarrassment.