The dictionary defines a bully as “a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people” and the act of bullying as “ to be loudly arrogant and overbearing; to act the bully toward; intimidate; domineer”. We all have been exposed to bullies in our school and college days – either been bullied, seen some one being bullied, or worst have bullied someone just because we could.
The most common form of bullying is seen in school and college. where the group of kids perceived to be stronger, more popular or just the ones with the most clout try to put down the others cause they are different. In it worst form this kind of bullying manifests itself as “Ragging”.
But that is not the only kind of bullying we see there are many others. The office bully, a co worker, a team leader, a manager who is hell bent on making your life hard at work. Be it a project report, an assigned task, or a leave application, this person will make you grovel and beg; and if they senses your weakness or finds your weak spot rest assured they will take it and keep hurting you by using it.
Then there is the cyber bully. With the advent of the internet bullying has taken on a whole new shape and form as it takes away the necessity for the bully and bullied to physically be present in one place, and the impact that is created can resonate 100 fold across the distance. It is hardly any trouble for a 40 year old home-maker abroad, to bully a teenager sitting in India, and they can do it as a group too.
Or better yet, they can create some kind of a poster, a picture, or share an embarrassing video over the internet. Once the video goes viral, the bully has the last laugh, and the life of the bullied can change forever.
Over the internet anyone can turn into a bully. It is the easiest way of harassing someone, and can cause a regrettable, eventful impact. So next time, before sharing a picture, video, or status update please think “Am I a bully too???“
A version of this article first appeared in the weekly YSeeker e-magazine in 2014.
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