Posted about 4 years ago
Really, people stereotype everyone. it's not a bad thing- it's how our brains are programmed. It's a survival thing, really. there's nothing wrong with that (though it is important not to act upon it unless you've got a darn good reason)
It's more noticable in teens thank to a number of factors.
Interest in establishing/changing rules, pushing boundaries, ever changing sense of self/ experimenting with identity, self esteem issues. (all perfectly normal things)
they all kind of clash together. Those who see themselves as strong leaders/rule makers naturally want to make those who push the boundaries conform to what they see as "right", those with low self esteem cover up by lashing out at those who have already been picked on, or start it off by picking on someone with a strong sense of self.
really it's all natural. and I think bullying will be a part of our lives forever- specially in teenage years. but that said, it so easily getting out of control is definitely not ok- specially with cyber bullying (you have time to think before you hit enter/the post button)
It getting over the top needs to stop, really. It stays with someone the rest of their lives.
I'm sarcastic a lot. If I offended you I probably didn't mean to. Probably.