WTH? Teens Are Uploading Cutting Videos To YouTube
Researchers found that 53 percent of the content was present as factual or educational, while 51 percent had a dark tone. More than half of the videos were without graphic content warnings.
You may be thinking, "So what? There's plenty of bad stuff on the Internet." Well, the study authors concluded that the YouTube content shows "an alarming new trend among youth and young adults and a significant issue for researchers and mental health workers."
Basically, they're saying that these videos may be encouraging the behavior, making it seem normal or exciting, but this could increase the risk of self-harm.
"NSSI is a young person's affliction...one in ten will kill themselves," says Dr. Charles Raison, CNN Health's mental health expert. "A lot of people will outgrow the behavior."
What do you think of the study's findings? Do you think agree that amount of graphic content available to teens could encourage them to hurt themselves? Or are the researchers overreacting? Let us know what you think in the comments.