American teenagers are over the multitude of racist and sexist slurs being used online, AP reports.
A new poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV revealed that a majority of teens and young adults have seen derogatory and targeted words, statements, and images online but often dismiss them as jokes and don’t take personal offense. The most targeted individuals? People who are overweight or gay followed by blacks and women.
Some teens find certain slurs more offensive than others. According to the report, 6 in 10 people said that they felt that comments or images that targeted transgender people and Muslims are severe. In addition, the teens and young adults polled also considered slurs geared at the LGBT community mean-spirited.
The poll also found that teens today are more disapproving of slur usage than they were in the past. Nearly 6 in 10 people say that using discriminatory words or images isn’t right, even as a joke — in 2011 only half of respondents felt that way.