Teenage Suicide: A Harsh Reality of Technology’s Hand in Today’s Bullying

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When asked what the major cause of teenage suicide is, most people would conclude depression or drugs. The twenty-first century, however, has a new cause on the rise: bullying. Although bullying is receiving unprecedented awareness and advocacy in schools and the media, startling reports of victims taking their lives are uncovering new realities. Suicide is often the horrific result for many teenagers feeling all alone, left with no means to escape the hurtful torture inflicted by bullying. Bullying has become broad and extensive with teenagers revealing its ugly nature in ways far more diverse than ever before. Common maltreatment once consisted of direct and indirect harassment. In the past decade as technology of cell phones and …show more content…
Teenagers often fail to consider the impact their words or actions may have. Due to the availability of the Internet, heated exchanges between teenagers now encompass extensive involvement from those whom otherwise would not be involved. What was once harassment between two teenagers, now often encompasses large groups of teenagers due to cell phones and the internet. A physical altercation after school, captured on video from a bystander’s cell phone, is published on YouTube within the hour. A conflict between two teenagers quickly becomes highly public as peers discuss and join the harassment in social networking scenes. Victims of such abuse are shunned by not only their aggressor, but by large spans of their peers. The pure droves of humiliation and endless suffering these teenage victims encounter bring forth a feeling of helplessness and despair many cannot rise above, and consequently, result in suicide. Additionally, cell phones and social networks are simultaneous with indirect bullying. Rumors breed instantaneously on sites such as Facebook as teenagers frequently post statuses in the tone of inferring or implying which cause considerable turmoil and additional harassment. With the convenience of technology, many teenagers seem to have an uncontrollable hunger to inflict senseless drama at the expense of others. Victims of such malicious acts are often subjected to abandonment from their group of friends. Feeling they will

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