MTV Study Finds Young Men Questioning Behavior After #MeToo

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Nearly one in three young men are concerned that something they did in the past could be considered sexual harassment, according to the poll's results.

With #MeToo dominating social conversation and showing no signs of slowing down, MTV conducted extensive research with young people ages 18-25 in December around the efficacy of the movement and how it’s effecting change. The results suggested the movement is changing outlooks, in particular showing that young men are now questioning their behavior.

According to the results, nearly one in three young men were concerned that something they had done in the past could be considered sexual harassment. Forty percent of the young men admitted that #MeToo had changed the way they act in potential romantic relationships. And one in four of the young people surveyed said they’ve noticed guys around them change their behavior since the #MeToo movement began.

Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, said in a statement: "I'm very excited that MTV did this research, and am pleased to hear that the work we're doing in the 'me too' movement is reaching so many young people. The origins of 'me too' are deeply connected to young people, and the movement will always create spaces and opportunities for them to be engaged and to lead."

The survey also found that the #MeToo movement is changing how young people perceive gender dynamics in society. Sixty-one percent of the respondents said they have thought about how society enables sexist behavior among men since the initiative began, and 59 percent said the movement has made them think about how difficult the world is for women.

The survey was designed and conducted by MTV Insights among a nationally representative sample of approximately 1,800 young people in December 2017. Resources and more information about the survey can be found at MeToo.MTV.com.