Watch your definition of cyberstalking


We often say we’re “stalking” someone online if we spend a lot of time looking at their status updates, photos, tweets, etc. This study out of Germany emphasizes that’s not really cyberstalking — it’s probably more like “online obsessive relational intrusion.” In other words, you’re using the digital universe to feed your obsession, but you’re not interfering with the person’s life. The cyberstalking definition used in this study entails: unwanted internet contacts/harassment; a duration of more than 2 weeks; and harassment that provoked fear.