Digital Self Harm?

A survey of nearly 5,000 adolescents revealed that 9% had anonymously posted negative comments about themselves on their social media posts. Further analysis show that such individuals were five times more likely to have contemplated suicide. Researcher Dr. Robin Kowalski explains, “People who commit suicide feel that the world would be better off without them, [and] that they are a burden to others… Putting negative information about oneself online and potentially receiving validation for that is a way to confirm that one doesn’t belong in this world.” Child and Adolescent Mental Health, July 2022

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