10% of teen gamers say exposed to online white supremacism

Over 1 in 5 adult Jewish US gamers face online antisemitism, ADL survey finds

Harassment and bigotry is common among Americans who play multiplayer games in general; only 7% of Jewish teens say they were harassed over their identity

Illustrative: A young man is seen wearing a headset and playing an online video game. (DisobeyArt/iStock by Getty Images)
Illustrative: A young man is seen wearing a headset and playing an online video game. (DisobeyArt/iStock by Getty Images)

JTA — More than one in five Jewish adults who play online multiplayer games faced antisemitism while playing, according to a new survey from the Anti-Defamation League.

The survey, published on Wednesday, found that harassment and bigotry are common across the 97 million Americans who play multiplayer games. Among adult gamers surveyed, 83 percent said that they have been harassed while playing. 60% of gamers aged 13-17 who were surveyed said the same.

Among adults, nearly half of women said they were harassed, as did 42% of Black gamers and more than one-in-three Asian and LGBTQ+ gamers. A quarter of Muslim gamers also said they were harassed. More than seven-in-10 adults reported what the ADL calls “severe abuse, including physical threats, stalking, and sustained harassment.”

Among teems, Black, female and Asian gamers also reported the highest rates of harassment in their age group, though harassment is less common across the board among teens.

Only 7% of Jewish teen gamers said that they were harassed for their identity. But 10% of teen gamers, and 8% of adult gamers, said they’ve been exposed to white supremacist extremism online. Among teens, 17% said that they didn’t feel like talking to family or friends after being harassed, and 10% said that they did worse in school because they were harassed.

Among both teens and adults, two-thirds said that they sometimes or always hide their identity as a result of being targeted by hate.

The survey was conducted in June in collaboration with Nowzoo, a gaming and esports analytics firm. It included 1,664 adult respondents and 542 teen respondents. Depending on the group, it had a margin of error of between 2% to 3%.

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