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Facebook + Suicide = No One Cares


In what seems to be a heavily repeated thought, I ask “What the hell is wrong with people?”

31 year old Claire Lin of Taipei, Taiwan committed suicide on March 18th by inhaling poisonous fumes from a charcoal fire. Now, these days, suicide happens all the time. While a tragedy, one’s desire to escape from this garbage pile of a world is, essentially, his or her own choice. What makes this specific case so unique? Claire was on Facebook, as well as posting about her disastrous activities as it was happening. At least nine people saw and commented on her “status update,” and yet, not one person made a phone call or alerted anyone about what was happening.

Is this the world we live in? Are we so desensitized by the internet, that we automatically discard anything traumatic as “fake” or a misguided call for some kind of attention? As the world goes more and more virtual by the day, it’s important for us, as people, to cling to the remnants of our humanity. Show a little compassion and stop being a giant, steaming pile of human garbage for five seconds in your life. Pay attention to what’s happening around you. Get your fingers off the mouse and place them on some tiny piece of your heart that’s probably hiding behind your Angry Birds obsession.

These day, Facebook is our destination of choice in regards to social gatherings. E-mails are our phone calls. Websites can be our police stations. If you see someone asking for help, give it to them. It shouldn’t be too much to ask to give people a little bit of hope. Everyone should know that SOMEONE cares SOMEWHERE. Otherwise, we’ll have to admit the doomsday survivors are right when we destroy ourselves.

The worst part about this whole situation? This isn’t the first time this has happened. 42 year old Simone Back committed a similar act back in December of 2010 in her apartment in Brigton, England. Her last post on Facebook read, “Took all my pills be dead soon bye bye everyone.” Not one person called the police, but 148 other comments on her post were filled with half-hearted please, and if you can believe it, taunts to go through with it. Humanity has a sickness. The cure is not as impossible as it seems. Pay attention and give a crap.

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