A lot has happened since the pandemic wave annihilated our lives! Of the many afflictions we face, Electronic Aggression is the new grinch! Reports by leading research organisations state that there has been a 70 percentage rise in cyberbullying during the pandemic. The Millennial Hub delves deeper!
In today’s society both technology and millennials share common characteristics. Both are young, fast paced and ever changing. But, finding solace in harassing someone seems sadistic right? Sharanya Swaminathan a Consultant Psychologist says, “Repressive thoughts and duality of personality are the rising causes for electronic aggression.”
What stimulates Electronic Aggression?
Today’s society despite age has built the concept of being ever connected online. Sharanya says, “Electronic aggression is most common among millennials as they have access to instant information at all time from various social media platforms compared to the others. Where this gets out of hand is, when millennials have a difference in opinion they tends to take a step further publicizing the matter online.” This can result in causing harm for the targeted and also increase tendency for tragedies.
The causes of this aggression can be categorized into both online and offline perspectives. “I have been teaching psychology to students at a university. As far as I have observed, in the online perspective, aggression has been a result of relationship issues, friendships and a mere feeling of fomo – a fear of being missed out. Whereas offline, it is due to family discord and lack of attention given by parents to millennials.”
What are the common symptoms of Electronic Aggression?
- Anger, frustration & anxiety
- Trying to act funny online as they have the power to be anonymous to voice out opinion
- Trouble thinking in an organised manner
Sharanya has mostly dealt with patients possessing electronic aggression. She shares “Surprisingly when we got into therapy we discovered that this is the least harmful way to voice out their opinion. Also, it is a lot to do with how they handle rejection. Some had depression and the others bipolar disorder unknowingly and had taken this method as a weapon that eventually gave into depressive episodes. Electronic aggressiveness would be just a surface layer problem of many underlying unaddressed issues. This has to be taken care of as soon as possible.”
Here’s what you can do to help!
Talking about tips on how to mitigate or avoid electronic aggression for a better mental well-being, here is what Sharanya recommends:
- Take self assessment questionnaires to see where you stand in terms of your emotions and personality.
- Create mental health hygiene by undertaking grounding technique and journaling for 10 minutes a day.
- Mental health check up once in a while to treat any underlying genetic factors that you may have inherited, resulting in the way you feel and behave.
- Talk to a Councillor to get a fresh perspective and not an advice to take rational decisions and not emotional ones.
Finally, here is what Sharanya urges to all, “Take care of your mental health as it is so much more common than what we anticipate. I myself as a psychologist who has served more than 2500 clients, used to suffer from clinical anxiety. That is exactly why, the need to spread the word about mental health is essential. It is as common as a cold or a fever. We just need to know how to tackle them so that it does not get into a crucial stage of having suicidal tendency or chronic depression. Let’s join hands to normalise mental health, remove the stigma and bust the myths around them. “
“Don’t give in to stigma. A diagnosis does not determine who you are or what you can do!”