Social Media Can Kill: Known Since the 18th Century

Social media kills young people. It is responsible for teen suicide epidemic.

The shocking truth is that we knew about this since the 18th century.

If “being informed” leads to a host of mental health issues, it’s more rational to stay uninformed.

Enter human psychology.

The Werther effect, or Copycat Suicide

Apparently, suicide is contagious, like a virus. It spreads through the community. Through the school district. Through the nation. And with every teenager having 24/7 access to the toxic suicide publicity of global social media, it spreads through the world.

If the teens who killed themselves did not have smartphones, would they still be alive today?!

Suicidal Ideation and Availability Bias

Which makes a smart phone in the hands of a depressed teenager as dangerous as a loaded gun.

The Principle of Social Proof

This is the dark side of the principle of social proof.

Shock is a great amplifier of traffic, so it contributes quite nicely to the bottom line of social media companies.

In a twisted way, the principle of social proof makes a self-inflicted death a socially acceptable course of action.

How bad is it?

The more they discuss it, the more likely it becomes. The principle of social proof is applied to life or death decisions.

Can Anything Be Done?

Prevention is the only way, as there is no cure for death.

Life moves on and presents you with other options. Checking out is missing out — on everything wonderful your future has to offer, if you just give it a chance.

“Limit exposure”. Case closed.

Mom of 3, practitioner of the craft of screen time. Founded the blog www.TechDetoxBox.com to help protect human well-being from the power of addictive tech.

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