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Popularity of Self-Injury Videos

by Savitha C Muppala on February 22, 2011 at 12:00 AM
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 Popularity of Self-Injury Videos

Stephen Lewis, PhD, of the University of Guelph in Ontario, and colleagues conducted a study where they used certain keywords as search options on YouTube.

When they used the words "Self-injury" and "self-harm," they accessed close to 100 most popular videos on self-harm. Alarmingly, such videos got close to  2.3 million views  of people cutting, burning and causing harm to themselves.  

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Surprisingly, there were no warnings related to content or even viewing restrictions. Researchers said that these videos can have a negative impact on young minds.

They wrote, "The nature of nonsuicidal self-injury videos on YouTube may foster normalization of nonsuicidal self-injury and may reinforce the behavior through regular viewing of nonsuicidal self-injury-themed videos."

80% of the videos  did not have any viewing  instructions. Close to 42% of videos maintained  a neutral message , 23% gave a mixed message, 26% completely discouraged such practices, and 7% encouraged the acts.



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