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Study Finds Television Shows Effect Teen Suicide Rate

Teens suicide has always been a major concern for both researchers and healthcare professionals. Since it’s difficult to pinpoint the specific factors that lead to suicide, experts have begun changing their strategy. In other words, the best way to tackle this problem is by understanding it so that we can prevent it. According to some recent studies, the popular Netflix show ’13 Reasons Why’ might have caused a spike in suicide rates.

So, let’s start by looking at the statistics.

Teen Suicide: A Growing Problem Among the Young Generation

In 2016, nearly 45.000 US citizens committed suicide. Furthermore, about 9.8 million adults have seriously thought about ending their lives.The number of teenage girls who committed suicide has almost doubled from 2010 to 2015.Lastly, it seems men are four times more likely to commit suicide than women.Overall, it seems that teen suicide is a severe problem among the young members of our society.

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’13 Reasons Why’ Linked to Teen Suicide?

’13 Reasons Why’ is a series that depicts the story of a teenage girl who commits suicide. The show has sparked massive debates after several scientific papers revealed it might have caused a rise in teen suicide, especially among girls.

Unfortunately, researchers don’t have enough data to draw a definite conclusion. In other words, it’s hard to determine if the show is to blame for the increase in teen suicide rates. Plus, since Netflix doesn’t share viewership data, it’s impossible to figure out if the people who committed suicide have watched the show.In a nutshell, just because suicide rates spiked when Netflix aired the show, doesn’t necessarily mean the two factors are linked. If there’s a silver lining to this story is that the show has gotten people to open a discussing about a serious problem that affects our society.