Men face more online abuse than women following a relationship break-up, says a new study. Digital abuse, it also says, has become a norm between former partners.
More than half or 52 percent of the study participants said that they found the experience highly or extremely distressing.
‘Digital abuse was found to be more common among men than women after relationship break ups. Some men were stalked and received abusive online messages from their former partners.’
About 48 percent reported that their former partners sent or shared online messages about them that were extremely nasty.
For 34 percent, their former partners contacted their new partner or family and friends online for the purpose of distressing them.
While 28 percent reported that their former partners threatened to post or send an online message to them that was not true, 26 percent said that their former partners threatened to share online something that they did not want to be shared on the public forum.
Twenty-six percent reported that their former partners used digital technology to track or stalk them.
"There is very little research into digital abuse among adults after relationship break-ups. Our survey provides strong support for the necessity of a further investigation into this issue," said Lindy Morrison from Regent's University London.
For the study, the team interviewed 1,612 adults via an online survey about relationship break-ups and online behavior by their former partner.
The online actions had questionnaires ranging from threats to actions against self or others through private or public means.
Some 526 (33 percent) of respondents reported that they had experienced a break-up within the last five years.
The results were presented at the annual conference of the British Psychological Society held in Brighton, recently.