Internet searches related to suicide dramatically increased after the season premiere of the ’13 Reasons Why’, a new study found. The searches increased by a staggering 19 percent in the three weeks after the first episode of the Netflix show.
The findings of the study come after vast public speculation and warnings from mental health groups that the show could cause more harm than good, particularly that this series has been widely followed by teenagers.
13 Reasons Why spurred internet searches on suicide after its first episode.
Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the study used data from Google Trends and shows that the phrase “how to commit suicide” increased 26 percent, “commit suicide” rocketed 18 percent and “how to kill yourself” went up 9 percent, Forbes reports.
Google Trends shows an increase of internet searchers related to suicide after the show's premiere.
However, the searches related to seeking help and suicide awareness also increased. The phrase “suicide hotline number” increased 21 percent, “suicide hotline” went up 12 percent, “suicide prevention” rose 23 percent and “teen suicide” increased 34 percent.
The authors of the study also noted that including suicide support lines in each episode may reduce the potentially-dangerous effects of the series.
The authors of the study said:
“The deleterious effects of shows such as 13 Reasons Why could possibly be curtailed by following the World Health Organization’s media guidelines for preventing suicide, such as removing scenes showing suicide, or addressed by including suicide hotline numbers in each episode.”
Clay Jensen, one of the main characters in the show.
According to Wired, following the premiere of the ’13 Reasons Why’, news outlets have published more than 600,000 stories about the series and Twitter had more than 11 million tweets about the show in the three weeks of its release.
’13 Reasons Why’ centers around the suicide of Hannah Baker, who left tape recordings explaining why other people are to blame for her death. It was based on the best-selling novel by Jay Asher in 2007.
Russian Drone Bombs Ukrainian Ammo Depot, Causes $1 Billion Worth of Damages
This is how drones are being used as lethal weapons nowadays…
If you think a small drone couldn’t make a significant damage, you better think again! Actually, it’s all a matter of targeting the right spot and being armed with the right weapon. With those two things in place, things can get really, really bad.
Case in point, a series of massive explosions recently rocked an ammunition depot of a military base located in Balakliya, Eastern Ukraine. An amateur video taken by a resident shows us the devastation from afar as smoke and fire spewed into the sky.
Apparently, the culprit behind the attack is a small drone carrying a 1-pound thermite hand grenade.
Colombian Army Seizes Drug-Smuggling Submarine Used To Transport Four Tons Of Cocaine
Thirty percent of illegal drugs in the US arrive via narco-submarines.
Police and troops in Colombia have seized a narco-submarine, the first electrical submarine used to smuggle four tons of cocaine to Central America. The army discovered the vessel before it could successfully transport the illegal cargo.
While carrying out an operation around San Juan and Baudo rivers, soldiers discovered the submarine. It is believed to measure nine meters or 30 feet in length and four and has a width of four and a half meters or 15 feet.
The ELN guerilla group is most likely the owners of the submarine.
China Vows To Donate Fish For Filipino Fishermen in Palawan
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said they will be donating fish to help “improve the livelihood” of Filipino fishermen.
Following the implementation of the annual fishing ban in the heavily-disputed South China Sea, China recently declared that they will be providing assistance for Filipino fishermen soon.
This is according to Wang Yi, Foreign Minister of China, who recently made an official visit to Manila, Philippines. The Chinese official said the country is committed to helping the livelihood of Filipinos – particularly those working as fishermen in the area of Palawan.