Stalking behavior and teenagers? Doesn’t ring a bell? Stereotyped stalkers to an unkempt virile man, an adult? You could be radically mistaken!
A new study reflects on the general perception of stalking behavior and attempts to break the stereotype. Firstly, there is paradox on stalkers that they are mostly men, middle-aged, loathsome and highly unpredictable. While the ‘mostly men’ is true, the rest is subject to debate. The study in question paints an entirely different picture, however.
Stalking Behavior – Teenagers
Initially, the study from Innovative Public Health throws a question into the equation. Furthermore, the question is about the probability of the stalker being someone in the age group of 14-21. Not to mention, the question is gender exclusive! Not only is that a possibility, but also a common occurrence, turns out.
Reportedly, the adolescents are highly likely to exhibit stalking behavior, as much as adults. Also, in most of the scenarios, stalking meets technology too. The gizmo era provides a right platform with all the ingredients to engage in such an abhorrent practice. It’s indeed surprising to realize how candid the practice has become over the years.
The study in question here is done against a set of activities which potentially fall in the stalking category. Hyper-intimacy – relating to over the top behavior to grab someone’s attention. The act of following someone, obviously. Intrusive pursuit – audacious attempts to initiate a conversation with someone. Aggression, threat and surveillance!
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The study done in America has it that at least one in three youth have done one of the above. Also, one in six have done more than two of the above listed deeds. Surveillance or GPS tracking was least done of the set. Thank god for that, of course! Females were as likely as men to engage in such practices, the study has found.
Important to note that, most of people do not mean any harm to the victim. In some cases, however, things go astray and someone goes to jail. Rarely, stalking in conjunction with mental illness results in the death of a party. The imperative message of the research is to give a wake-up call about the state-of-the-art practices and to create awareness.