Reports that, according to a new study, cyberstalking has become more prevalent than real-world stalking. According to the study, most of the victims' ages ranged from 75 years old to 89 years old. The data revealed key differences between physical and online harassment. While real-world stalkers sometimes may know their victims personally, The Guardian reports that victims in the ECHO study said their cyberstalkers were either acquaintances or complete strangers with few or unclear motives for harassment. From The Guardian: Only 9% reported being stalked by a former partner, compared with victims of face-to-face stalking, where around half are former partners, according to Echo [sic]. A narrower gender gap apparently exists among stalking victims online, as compared to offline statistics. While women are far in the real world, ECHO researchers found that 87 percent of males and 78 percent of women were reportedly stalked by a stranger online.
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Victims told researchers that stalkers commonly used social networks as channels for harassment and intimidation.
Twenty percent of victims said they were tracked through their social networks, compared to the four percent who said they were targeted via dating sites.
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Teens reported that social networks were the most likely places where their age group would encounter cyberstalking.
On the whole, however, victims could not pinpoint where or how their cyberstalkers found them.
Psychologist Dr Emma Short, who co-authored the ECHO study, said that the purpose of her research is to inform British lawmakers as they set out to more clearly define cyberstalking and draw up better legislation to protect victims.