U.S. internet users who have experienced cyber bullying 2018

This statistic presents the most common types of online harassment experienced by internet users in the United States. During the December 2018 survey it was found that 53 percent of internet users had personally experienced any kind of online harassment with 37 percent of respondents reporting to having experienced severe forms of online harassment such as physical threats, sexual harassment, stalking and sustained harassment. Furthermore, 56 percent of responding online harassment victims reported that they had been harassed on Facebook.

Share of adult internet users in the United States who have personally experienced online harassment as of December 2018

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Release date

February 2019


United States

Survey time period

December 17 to December 27, 2018

Number of respondents

1,134 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Eight hundred surveys were collected to form a nationally representative base of respondents with additional oversamples from individuals who identified as Jewish, Muslim, African-American, Asian-American or LGBTQ+. For the oversampled target groups, responses were collected until at least 100 Americans were represented from each of those groups.

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