Nearly two thirds (61 percent) of victims of cyberstalking claim they received no support from either the authorities or the social networks themselves.

A study of cyberstalking victims by the National Centre for Cyberstalking Research at the University of Bedfordshire revealed 50 percent were being harassed by an individual who they could not identify or was a complete stranger.

Furthermore, females that have been cyberstalked are likely to worry about the safety of their friends and family, whereas male victims are more concerned with their online reputation.

"It may be tempting to dismiss cyberstalking and harassment as somehow less real than 'traditional' stalking methods," the report said.

"However, the effects on the victim can be very real. The psychological effects can be devastating, producing verifiable psychological trauma and damage, regardless of whether the victim ever actually meets their harasser."

The study calls for the social networks themselves, including Facebook, as well as ISPs and mobile networks to do more when it comes to dealing with cyberstalking cases. One suggestion was the creation of a code of practice setting out how cyberstalking complaints should be handled, as well as a time-frame for resolving the problems. Furthermore, the study also urged police forces to take the complaints more seriously.

"One clear message from the data collected is that many of the victims of cyber harassment are frustrated by the lack of help and support they feel is available," the report added.