Jill Teitelbaum, columnist Mindlessly scrolling through Facebook used to have one major risk: procrastination. Today, there is a new, far more grim one: witnessing a suicide. Any suicide is tragic, but a suicide live-streamed on social media, to a potentially infinite audience, can be devastating. In addition to traumatizing witnesses, experts agree that it may also encourage others who are struggling to attempt it too. Concerningly, the live-streamed suicides have been occurring with increasing frequency. Sadly, this parallels the growing number of suicides nationwide. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, suicide has escalated to the highest levels in almost 30 years. Since live-streaming first debuted, there have been seven known cases of suicide, according to the executive director of Save.org. Although not all of those were through Facebook, it appears to be the most popular choice. Three recent cases of suicides on Facebook Live include: a 14-year-old Florida girl hanging herself in her home, a 22-year-old Turkish man shooting himself in his car and lastly, a heartbreaking case which claimed two lives: a young Thai man hanging his 11-month-old daughter, before hanging himself in an abandoned hotel. According to a USA Today article, “People commit suicide in public ways for any number of reasons. They may be hoping someone will stop them. They may want to share their pain with the world. They may be trying to...Read More
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