Research + News | Topic: Suicide
Feb 26, 2021
10-Year Study Shows Elevated Suicide Risk From Excess Social Media Time For Teen Girls
Girls who used social media for at least two to three hours per day at the beginning of the study–when they were about 13 years old–and then greatly increased their use over time were at a higher clinical risk for suicide as emerging adults. Read the article here.
Jul 2, 2020
How Gen Z Is Using The Secret Code ‘I Had Pasta Tonight’ As A Cry For Help On Social Media When Depressed Or Suicidal
TikTok users are using secret codes in their videos and captions to convey they are struggling with depression and possibly contemplating suicide. Read the article here.
Jan 27, 2020
Hiding In Plain Sight: Inside The Online World Of Suicidal Teens
More than ever before, young people on smartphones immerse themselves in a digital atmosphere of high drama where a subculture of depressed and suicidal teenagers thrives, out of sight of most adults. Read the article here.
Jun 13, 2019
When Social Media Is Really Problematic For Adolescents
Underlying problems may make some young people particularly vulnerable to what they find on social media, an expert says. Read the article here.
May 13, 2019
Smartphones, Snapchat, Instagram Transform How Today’s Teens Bully Each Other
Today’s cyberbullies no longer rely on chat-based venues, such as texting or instant messages. Instead, social media platforms, sometimes used anonymously, are employed to strengthen mob mentalities and the shame of victims. Read the article here.
Feb 11, 2019
Instagram Rolls Out Sensitivity Screens In The Wake Of Teen Suicide
The head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, announced on Tuesday that company is implementing changes that it hopes will stop younger users from being exposed to inappropriate content relating to suicide and self harm. Read the article here.
Jan 29, 2019
Instagram ‘Implicated’ In Teen Suicides As It Prepares To Merge With Facebook
It’s notable that until now, Instagram has managed to remain healthily detached from the issues that have plagued Facebook over the last twelve months. Read the full article here.
Aug 6, 2018
Momo Challenge: 5 Fast Facts You Need To Know
Parents are worried that a new challenge known as the Momo Challenge — rumored to be a suicide challenge on WhatsApp — might be the successor to the Blue Whale Challenge. Read the article here.
Jul 6, 2018
Teenage Girl’s Suicide In 2014 Shows Social Media Has Transformed The Way Kids Are Bullied
“The constant bullying is a factor in teen suicide, and with the 24-hour cycle of news and social media, there’s no getting away from it.” Read the rest of the article here.
May 24, 2018
Are Smartphones Causing More Teen Suicides?
Increases in depression and suicide appeared among teens in 2012 – the same time smartphone ownership became the norm. Read the article here.