Online slurs; innocent or inappropriate

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - An Associated Press-MTV poll shows teenagers and young adults don't worry that their online footprints will eventually get them into trouble.

The results from online interviews with approximately 1,300 people ages 14-24 show nearly 75% of those surveyed are more likely to insult people online and in text messages than in person.

Arkansas State University student Myia Davis uses Facebook and Twitter. She said the poll results are comparable to what she sees online. "Everybody is just pinpointing that one person and you never know what that person is going through," she said.  "That person might be having a hard time with something."

More than half of the people surveyed said they see people using derogatory expressions among their friends and directly at other people.  Nursing major Amanda Gatlin regularly checks her daughter's Facebook page.  "I usually try once a month to go through her list."

According to the poll, two-thirds of the respondees don't consider how their actions could cause trouble later.  Slightly more than half of the respondents said they encounter discriminatory words and images.

The poll is part of MTV's anti-online abuse campaign, "A Thin Line".

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