Data Shows Younger People Aren’t Reporting Cybercrimes

Suffering from pretty much any kind of cybercrime is going to result in you feeling like you have been disadvantaged with all things having been considered and taken into account. People often assume that it is older people that have a harder time with cybercrime and the like due to the reason that they might not possess the right kind of knowledge required in order to make it so that they can end up protecting themselves online.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that data from NCSA's StaySafeOnline has revealed that members of the younger generations, namely Gen Z and Millennials, are less likely to report a cybercrime once it gets committed against them. Baby boomers are the most likely to report a cybercrime since 64% of them said that they had done so, and the proportion was much lower for Millennials who only report cybercrime 32% of the time. Things become even more dismal when you look at Gen Z, colloquially known as “zoomers” in internet parlance, who only report cybercrimes 21% of the time.

One reason for this might be the fact that, having grown up with the internet, Millennials and Gen Z members don’t realize that online security is not something that you can take for granted. It is essential that members of the younger generation be given the chance to learn about the importance of cybersecurity, as well being told how reporting the crimes that are committed against them can benefit them in a truly wide range of ways if you think about it.

This becomes especially important when you realize that Gen Z and Millennial internet users are among the most vulnerable people on the internet, so trying to protect them is something that would be good for the future of all online spaces.

Take a look at below charts for more insights:
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