A teenage girl reportedly killed herself because of Facebook. While we've heard about teens committing suicide because of Facebook bullying, this case is different. Apparently the teen's mom demanded she close her Facebook account because the teen had been spending too much time on it and ignoring her studies. But rather than get off Facebook, the girl reportedly hanged herself.
Aditi Gupta, 13, who lives in India, had apparently been scolded by her mother for the amount of time she was spending on the social network site. Her mother demanded she get off Facebook and then left for work. When she returned home four hours later for lunch, she reportedly found her daughter dead.
Mrs. Gupta reportedly told police she couldn't believe her daughter would kill herself "over something so trivial."
Of course, there could have been a lot more going on with this teen than just Facebook. But if you remember being a teen, trivial things can seem to be so important to your world. Getting off Facebook might be nothing to an adult, but to a teen it might be the equivalent of being told you can never see any of your friends ever again. To a teen, it's not the same as being told to stay off the TV. Facebook is access to their social circle, their social status, whatever social dramas they have going on.
Teens also don't necessarily comprehend how final the concept of death is. They know they are hurting, they know they want the pain to stop. That is all they know.
Additionally, it's scary to think that children could be getting addicted to technology so young. Just like drugs, technology can become something a child or an adult can feel they can't live without.
The case had reportedly sparked much debate in India about children losing themselves within the cyberworld.
I suppose something like this could serve as a teaching moment to parents who want to cut off their childrens' access to technology -- perhaps it should be done slowly.
What a horrible thing for this family to go through.
Do you think your kids spend too much time online?
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