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Facebook? Suicide? That's All I Need... Don't Bother Me With Facts...

from the bury-the-facts dept

Last week there was a lot of ridiculous buzz trying to connect Facebook to a series of suicides in the UK. It's the sort of thing that newspapers love to run with. Facebook is popular, and parents are already worried about it, so link it to suicide and *bam* immediate interest in the story. Of course, an equally accurate story could be "Paper Industry Linked To Suicide After Many Victims All Leave Notes!" Yet, that doesn't stop some people from trying. Con von Hoffman writes in to point out that the UK story has migrated down under, with an Australian newspaper warning parents about Facebook suicides in the UK. The only problem, there doesn't seem to be any support to the actual story -- as even the Australian article notes... though, buried down in the fourth paragraph: "a police spokesman in Bridgend said there was no evidence to date of a suicide pact and that the theory did not come from police." Despite that, the article still says that "experts remain concerned there may be a connection between the suicides and social networking sites." Meanwhile, the article also quotes someone saying: "The more stories that appear about young people having killed themselves in your area, the more it might appear to you to be a reasonable response to a particular kind of crisis." So, perhaps the Australian paper is trying to turn it into a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Filed Under: social networking, suicide
Companies: facebook


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  1. identicon
    Overcast, 31 Jan 2008 @ 11:12am

    "experts remain concerned there may be a connection between the suicides and social networking sites."

    I'm sure other experts will say there's no connection

    Some experts will says there's a small connection

    Some experts will smoke pot and won't care

    Other experts will kill the kids themselves

    And still some other experts will say that other experts who are quoting some other experts that are experts on what experts say will say that experts don't know what the other experts are talking about.

    The word 'expert' has a very loose definition anymore - 69 out of 50 experts agree on that too.

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