Online Suicide Searches Spike After Netflix Released ’13 Reasons Why’
|07/31/2017||Posted by BusinessMediaguide.Com under General World News||
Online searches about suicide and suicide methods spiked in the weeks following the release of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, a show that dramatizes the suicide of a teenage girl, according to a U.S. study released Monday.
Google searches about suicide were 19 percent higher than average in the 19 days following the show’s release on March 31, translating into 900,000 to 1,500,000 more searches, researchers reported in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine.
The study did not examine whether the actual number of suicides increased following the series’ release, but researchers said the internet search trend is troubling.
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