Digital crimes are believed to be caused by different types of theories. The Strain theory could be the cause of digital crimes because the strain of everyday life. The Strain theory is a sociological theory. The strain of an individual’s everyday life is causing people to “give in” to the pressures in society. Some of these individuals feel that they can’t survive without crime.
Strains such as peer pressure, the gain of financial security, and just not being able to reach certain expectations or goals could be factors in the decision in committing a crime. This type of strains can affect individuals or groups in society. Some people turn to crime digital or non- digital if they can’t maintain their living standards by not being able to get money legally (working a job). This is where the digital crime usually fits in when there is a monetary gain. There is so much that can affect an individual’s reasoning on why to choose to commit digital crimes. The social environmental factors, official crime control methods, values & beliefs, psychological, biological, and social factors interact in different degrees on individuals and groups and therefore give birth to the commitment of crime. (2008).In the Strain theory of crime three situations causes strain on individuals or some groups in society such as: 1. Groups/Individuals preventing them from achieving their goals
2. When an individual or group value is taken away from them
3. Some groups present an individual or group with negative stimuli The motivation or goals can be money, status,/respect, or adolescence autonomy from adults.
According to this theory if an individual is prevented from achieving their goals then this will cause strain on them and to restore respect, money or freedom they may use violent behavior, theft, drug dealing and other illegal methods to obtain
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