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Twitter Adolescent Communities Glorifying Self-Harm & Suicide Are Growing Rapidly

Thursday September 8th, 2022

By : Alex Goldenberg, John Farmer, Lee Jussim, Loree Sutton, Danit Finkelstein, Cristian Ramos, Pamela Paresky, Joel Finkelstein
Source : Network Contagion

Twitter hosts a massive community that glorifies and encourages self-harm –– specifically “cutting.” Graphic photographs of what appear to be bloody self-injury by people who have sliced into their skin continues to proliferate, many such tweets garnering unusually high engagement given the small number of followers of the posting account. Photographs and other images are accompanied by slang terms for blood as well as for the depth, pattern, and complexity of cuts.

Photographs depicting wounds that are bloodier and more severe, more
dangerously deep, and more complex in number and/or design of cuts are more widely circulated than those that depict less serious wounds.  

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