Fox News: YouTube May Encourage Self-Injury


That darn Youtube! Fox News reports:

One of the most popular sites on the Internet, YouTube, started as a place for web users to share comedy skits, music, movie trailers, and other miscellaneous content. Now a study warns that a new kind of video is the latest trend on the site—cutting and other self-injury methods.

The data from the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics found more than 5,000 YouTube videos on self-injury, including live enactments and graphic images of cutting arms and legs with razors—complete with haunting music, attracting millions of hits from viewers.

The videos have officials and parents alike worried that the videos may trigger the self-injuring behavior in others.

Canadian psychologist Stephen Lewis, a study co-author, said the study focused on 100 videos the authors found in December 2009. Their analysis was published online Monday in Pediatrics. The 100 videos were viewed more than 2 million times and generated many online comments.

Parents and mental health professionals should be aware of the YouTube postings and that the videos might be perpetuating the problem, said Lewis, an assistant professor at the University of Guelph in Ontario…

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  • DeepCough

    You sure it’s Youtube? I mean, are you absolutely sure it’s not the “medication” you’re putting those kids on, which is disconnecting them from reality, causing them to shop at Hot Topic, buy and listen to Emo music, and causing them to do those shitty, depressing vlogs on Youtube?

  • DeepCough

    You sure it’s Youtube? I mean, are you absolutely sure it’s not the “medication” you’re putting those kids on, which is disconnecting them from reality, causing them to shop at Hot Topic, buy and listen to Emo music, and causing them to do those shitty, depressing vlogs on Youtube?

  • Dum

    I don’t know what’s worse, that ppl are watching these videos, or the fact that people are creating them.

  • Dum

    I don’t know what’s worse, that ppl are watching these videos, or the fact that people are creating them.

  • Dum

    I don’t know what’s worse, that ppl are watching these videos, or the fact that people are creating them.

  • Simiantongue

    Whenever I hear reference to FOX I get the urge to commit Seppuku, is that what you’re referring to? I lost my remote once when my TV inexplicably tuned into a FOX station, I was barely able to survive by chewing my leg off at the knee before someone discovered the remote in the couch cushion. That still smarts whenever an election year comes up.

  • Simiantongue

    Whenever I hear reference to FOX I get the urge to commit Seppuku, is that what you’re referring to? I lost my remote once when my TV inexplicably tuned into a FOX station, I was barely able to survive by chewing my leg off at the knee before someone discovered the remote in the couch cushion. That still smarts whenever an election year comes up.

  • http://www.victoriangothic.org Haystack

    Fox News complaining that YouTube inspires people to harm themselves? Isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black?

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      Tsk tsk…thats a grossly inaccurate view of Fox…

      …Fox just encourages people to go out and harm others…its totally different.

  • http://www.victoriangothic.org Haystack

    Fox News complaining that YouTube inspires people to harm themselves? Isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black?

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Tsk tsk…thats a grossly inaccurate view of Fox…

    …Fox just encourages people to go out and harm others…its totally different.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Hey…if being emo makes them happy…

    …THEY’RE DOING IT WRONG!!!

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Hey…if being emo makes them happy…

    …THEY’RE DOING IT WRONG!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Yashendwirh Yashendwirh

    Guns kill people every day but I’m sure there wont be any bans or stricter regulation on those things any day soon. Unsavory media is where the REAL threat to our children come from yeah? And not pisspoor parenting where suburbinite mums try to overthrow gaming companies because they can’t controll their impulses to get violent game media for their own children. 

  • http://twitter.com/Yashendwirh Yashendwirh

    Guns kill people every day but I’m sure there wont be any bans or stricter regulation on those things any day soon. Unsavory media is where the REAL threat to our children come from yeah? And not pisspoor parenting where suburbinite mums try to overthrow gaming companies because they can’t controll their impulses to get violent game media for their own children. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=561270894 David Crowe

    How come they never start cutting at the head?

  • David Crowe

    How come they never start cutting at the head?

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