Worrisome Trend: Self-Injury Videos on Internet
Feb. 21, 2011 -- Self-injury videos that show young people intentionally harming their bodies is an alarming new trend that's being fueled by the popular video-sharing web site YouTube, researchers report in the March issue of Pediatrics.
Self-injury, also called self-mutilation or self-harm, is when a person deliberately hurts himself or herself through acts such as cutting, stabbing, or burning. Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) refers to the deliberate, immediate destruction of body tissue for purposes unrelated to tattooing or piercing and which is not intended to cause death.
NSSI is a worrisome and frequently occurring act that may be a sign of sadness, loneliness, despair, low self-esteem, or the feeling of being unloved. About 14% to 24% of adolescents and young adults have engaged in some type of self-harm.
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