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effect of repetitiveness. Since the context of the definitions refers to the repetitiveness of
the occurrence and not necessarily of the effect, then the other definitions may be justified
in the omission of the word. However, since cyberbullying can both be repetitive in
occurrence end effect, it would seem that it most certainly should be included in the
definition to capture the true essence of the phenomenon of cyberbullying.
The word "technology" was found with the following stemmed words;
"technological", and "technologies". This word had 17 occurrences within 36 definitions.
The word use can be defined as "the practical application of knowledge especially in a
particular area" and "a manner of accomplishing a task especially using technical processes,
methods, or knowledge" (Merriam-Webster's online dictionary, n.d.). The use of the word
"technology" can be misleading or incomplete when used alone in a definition of the word
"cyberbullying." Today's culture often assumes the word "technology" is synonymous with
the words "digital" and "electronic." While, culturally speaking, this may be appropriate, in
the accurate defining of a phenomenon, is not necessarily enough.
The word technology refers to more or less a tool that aids in the accomplishment of
a task or the application of knowledge. Therefore, technology, based on the definition,
could refer to a pencil and paper. While this technology can be used to bully, it cannot in its
original form be used to cyberbully alone. Of the 36 definitions examined, five definitions
use the word technology alone without additional defining words. However, of the five,
three provide examples of electronic or digital technologies to suggest a correct usage of
the word. In addition, the word "technology" was used six times in the phrase "information
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Winn, Matthew R. Analyzing Patterns Within Academic and Legal Definitions: a Qualitative Content Analysis of the Term "Cyberbullying", dissertation, August 2013; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc283860/m1/85/: accessed May 27, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .