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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    Liquid, 31 Jan 2008 @ 11:01am

    Thining the Herd

    Yup. Go a head can't take the pressure of life anymore go off your self. Kinda get tired of the "I can't take my life anymore", "My life is soooo horrible", or my personal favorite "No one would notice anyways"... I just say keep letting them off them selves thin the heard that is the human race a little bit. It's bad enough we have things like War, AIDS, etc... floating all over this cesspool we call earth... There are people in nations far behind the UK in terms of comfortable living, and you don't see them committing suicide. Hell theres a damn ethnic cleansing going on again in Africa, and your killing your self because the girl that sits two seats a head of you in class that you have a major crush on doesn't even notice you. WOW thats a pretty pathetic person. Don't feel sorry for them at all.

    My life hasn't been a sunshine a rainbows, but you don't see my putting the shotgun to my mouth with my big right toe on the trigger. Weak people that don't buck up and say how they feel just don't deserve any pity from anyone.

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