Live Streaming Suicides

Live Streaming Suicides

There have been at least three live-streamed suicides in the past month, two by teenage girls. And while suicide isn’t a new concern, the ability to live-stream the act – and therefore encourage copycat behavior – is an issue that experts fear could grow, especially among young adults. [reference article below]

One doesn’t enjoy writing about such tragic events in a short post, but, alas, goldfish have longer attention spans then most today – so here goes.

Facebook, or, Farcebook is highly destructive because it creates the bird in the mirror effect. All one can see is self.

Farcebook’s mirror reflection back upon oneself cuts off the possibility of seeing past self. Faith which sees beyond self and into the future all the way to eternity is blindsided. This is one reason why Jesus requires faith – it gets us out of self-centered selves.

The basic facts are this.

  • Life is meaningless and this fact produces a sense of helplessness. (Remember the truth will set you free.)
  • It is only in Jesus that life then is redeemed to take on meaning for eternity. The fact of being rewarded for good deeds done today throughout eternity kicks life’s meaningless to the curb.

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. (1 Peter 1:18-19)


Facebook was analyzed and found to be exactly like the evil rewarding of gambling.

In truth Facebook is worse than gambling because all one is loosing when gambling is money.

With Facebook one is literally loosing the ability to be a self.

Thus the mob violence, group lynchings and personal suicides.

____________________________________________________________ ~ opinion unto righteousness ~ timothy williams
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Article Reference

(—One of the earliest cases of a live-streamed suicide was Abraham Biggs in 2008. The 19-year-old Florida teen had posted multiple times on an online body-building message board that he was planning to kill himself. Eventually, he linked to a live-stream site called, where the video showed him overdosing on prescription pills.

Bloggers egged him on and told him to “go ahead and do it,” according to ABC News. Those bloggers said they didn’t believe it was real so they didn’t do anything to help.

Dr. Katherine Ramsland, a professor of forensic psychology at DeSales University in Pennsylvania who has studied suicide for 13 years, said that’s a common problem, especially in the age of reality television.

“Many people don’t think it’s real, maybe it’s a prank. It’s hard to believe,” Ramsland said. “And there are also just nasty people out there who have been emboldened by the internet, trolls, or whatever you want to call them.”

The psychology behind a public suicide, such as live-streaming, isn’t straightforward, Ramsland said. Just like there are myriad reasons for suicide, reasons for live-streaming suicide also vary.