Scientists Are Urging Netflix To Halt ’13 Reasons Why’ Over Disturbing Study Results

Netflix’s controversial program “13 Reasons Why” has elicted concerned reactions from viewers since its debut.

The program, based on the 2007 novel of the same title by Jay Asher, which depicted the fallout of the suicide of a young teen, created a debate around images of self-harm and their dissemination in the media. Now, a new study shows that the show’s success may be linked to an uptick in teen suicides, leading researchers to ask Netflix to consider pausing production on the upcoming second season.

Researcher John Ayers of San Diego State University monitered discussions of suicide on the internet following the release of “13 Reasons Why.” Searches for the phrases “how to commit suicide” and “commit suicide” both saw a 26 and 18 percent increase in the months after the show’s debut — there were no other major cultural events pertaining to suicide that would have led to this increase,

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