April 17, 2008

British Medical Journal Sends Its Scienticians To The Internet

And finds that "Suicide searches produce disturbing, unsurprising results."

Damn the internet, damn it and its tubes.

I'm not sure if I should get angry or laugh.  BMJ.  Not Weekly Reader.  BMJ.

An article in BMJ tries to determine how much information about suicide is online, and whether the sites are pro or anti suicide.  They searched the internet, and found:

Altogether 240 different sites were identified. Just under a fifth of hits (90) were for dedicated suicide sites. Half of these were judged to be encouraging, promoting, or facilitating suicide; 43 contained personal or other accounts of suicide methods, providing information and discussing pros and cons but without direct encouragement; and two sites portrayed suicide or self harm in fashionable terms...

Or, as the news articles about this study say:

But perhaps most disturbing was that the most frequent results were pro-suicide. "The three most frequently occurring sites were all pro-suicide," note the authors, who also found that "Wikipedia was the fourth most frequently occurring site." [emphasis mine.]

So I guess the internet is awash in suicidophilia.  Or maybe BMJ doesn't know how to use Google?

The [search] terms used were: (a) suicide; (b) suicide methods; (c) suicide sure methods; (d) most effective methods of suicide; (e) methods of suicide; (f) ways to commit suicide; (g) how to commit suicide; (h) how to kill yourself; (i) easy suicide methods; (j) best suicide methods; (k) pain-free suicide, and (l) quick suicide.

"Damn it!  I typed in "naked porn stars" and all I got back was naked pornstars!  What the hell is wrong with this thing?"

Try searching "suicide prevention."  Ok, see?  Can we all go back to worrying about illegal music downloads?


Their math is also suspect.... (Below threshold)

April 17, 2008 3:51 PM | Posted by Brooks: | Reply

Their math is also suspect. Since when is 90 "just under one fifth" of 240?

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April 17, 2008 4:29 PM | Posted by PKS: | Reply

Reminds me of a Bill Maher standup line I heard once, he was talking about how he's a libertarian, and completely supports assisted suicide, right to kill yourself, etc.

It's your way of saying to god, "You can't fire me, I quit!"

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Good info-i'd like to exerc... (Below threshold)

April 19, 2008 4:09 PM | Posted by Diane Abus: | Reply

Good info-i'd like to exercise this right myself should i give up on the cruelty i've heard persons talk about when they've participated or been required to participate in the "health" system.bless your heart.

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I think what they really wa... (Below threshold)

April 19, 2008 10:05 PM | Posted by admanb: | Reply

I think what they really want is for any google search including the word "suicide" to instantly redirect to a suicide prevention site.

Maybe also shutting down their computer and calling the police to their house too.

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Quoted from link:Not... (Below threshold)

November 13, 2013 6:17 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply

Quoted from link:
Note: In the course of researching this article, I stumbled across what may be the most disturbing document I have ever encountered on the Internet, and that's saying something. Let's just say that if you do want to kill yourself (and I certainly hope that you don't), the information is in fact out there. In great and excruciating detail. I had no previous knowledge of what the ingestion of lye could do to a human body. This was one of the most life-hating documents I've ever had the misfortune to read; be aware of what you're in for if you attempt to replicate the study results on your own. Now, go hug a child.


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