Understanding the Dynamics of Online Hatred and Mental Health Issues Among Adolescents: Exploring Factors, Impacts, and Alternative Strategies


The phenomenon of hatred is a crucial problem in the digital era, particularly among adolescents. However, it remains unclear what motivates them to become more involved and how hatred impacts their mental health. This study aims to investigate phenomena associated with the causes and effects of online hatred among adolescents, as well as appropriate intervention strategies. In this research, 5 adolescents from Indonesia participated in a case study. Two sources of information were gathered: focus groups and open questionnaires. The results of a thematic analysis of the data revealed that: 1) External and internal causes of adolescent hatred, including cyberbullying as an example of an external factor, and the tendency towards differences such as ethnicity, religion, gender, and cultural heritage. Moreover, online conflicts with strangers and animosity are transmitted throughout the group. Again, internal factors are associated with anger, frustration, discomfort, dissatisfaction with oneself, a lack of impulse control inability to regulate emotions, and ignorance of the consequences. 2) The effects of hatred on mental health, including stress, anxiety, fear, worry, constant pressure, overthinking, low self-esteem, irritability, regret, maintaining emotional distance, exposure to individuals despised, experiencing appetite disorders, mood/mood, sleep disturbances, depression, and suicidal ideation, and aggressive behavior both online and offline. 3) Digital narrative-based bibliotherapy, Working Alliance (WA) in internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (i-CBT), online reading such as TeenRead, use of chatbots, digital Empathy-based counterspeech, and digital literacy are alternative strategies for overcoming hatred.

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Nila Zaimatus Septiana, Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia
Muslihati Muslihati, Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia
Adi Atmoko, Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia
Dwi Sri Rahayu, Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia
Eka Riyana Dewi, Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia
Setyorini Setyorini, Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia

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Conference: SEACE2024
Stream: Mind

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To cite this article:
Septiana N., Muslihati M., Atmoko A., Rahayu D., Dewi E., & Setyorini S. (2024) Understanding the Dynamics of Online Hatred and Mental Health Issues Among Adolescents: Exploring Factors, Impacts, and Alternative Strategies ISSN: 2435-5240 The Southeast Asian Conference on Education 2024: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2435-5240.2024.14
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2435-5240.2024.14

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