11 Dec '11, 10pm

Suicide Contagion Effect: Traditional Media and Social Media

Suicide Contagion Effect: Traditional Media and Social Media

When the news media was restricted to trained journalists, ensuring that these guidelines were followed most of the time may have been possible. However, in the age of social media where everyone and anyone can share news with others and where traditional media outlets are competing with non-traditional media for eyeballs, these guidelines are less likely to be followed. People look to their own online networks to express grief over suicides in their own circle of friends or community. People converse with others on facebook or twitter in an attempt to find answers. People want to create awareness about the conditions that sometimes contribute to suicide. People do all of this, and more, without necessarily understanding the negative impact that it can have.

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/suicide-contagion-effect-trad...

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