Alarming new trend on YouTube

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AN alarming and potentially dangerous new trend has hit YouTube: videos on cutting and other self-injury methods. They are attracting millions of hits and show live enactments or graphic photos of people cutting themselves with razors or other sharp objects Many glamourize self-injury and few videos discourage it.

They also feature haunting music and imagery that may trigger the behaviour.

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Self-injurers typically are struggling with feelings of anger, sadness, depression or other emotional troubles, and usually don’t cut deep enough to cause major harm, experts say.

 


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