Social media and suicide is a relatively new phenomenon, which influences suicide-related behavior. Suicide is a leading cause of death worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, in the year 2019, approximately 1.53 million people will die from suicide – a majority of those suicides will be motivated by cyberbullying.
There is increasing evidence that this behavior of using social media affects and changes people’s lives, especially in teenagers. Suicide has been identified not only as an individual phenomenon, but it is influenced by social and environmental factors. The role the Internet plays, particularly social media, in suicide-related behavior is a topic of growing interest.
The media tends to popularize videos and social media posts in order to inform the public of the rising trouble, which creates popular appeal to the young and immature minds of teenagers. Research suggests that as the internet becomes more ingrained in people’s everyday life, people are becoming more desensitized to the mental and emotional issues it can cause to an individual.