Social media and cyber-bullying in autistic adults

Paraskevi Triantafyllopoulou, Charlotte Clark-Hughes, Peter E. Langdon

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Social media can lead to rejection, cyber-bullying victimisation, and cyber-aggression, and these experiences are not fully understood as experienced by autistic adults. To investigate this, 78 autistic adults completed self-report measures of social media use, cyber-bullying victimisation, cyber-aggression, and self-esteem. High levels of social media use were found to be associated with an increased risk of cyber-victimisation; whereas self-esteem was positively correlated with feelings of belonging to an online community and negatively correlated with feelings of being ignored on social network sites and chat rooms. Future studies are needed to further investigate the experience of cyber-bullying victimisation of autistic adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4966-4974
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number11
Early online date19 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Autism
  • Cyber-aggression
  • Cyber-bullying victimisation
  • Internet
  • Social media

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