“Your daughter is going to die right now” were the words that jarred Mohamed Hossain from sleep yesterday in Phoenix. His daughter tried to hang herself after her boyfriend, whom she had been speaking with in a chat room via a webcam, told her he was moving out of the country. The webcam continued to broadcast the suicide attempt over the internet, and it was the boyfriend who called Hossain and his wife to warn them of what their daughter was doing in their family room. Police don’t think anyone else was in the chat room, but they’re investigating because they’re worried she might be victimized by someone posting the images on the web. She’s listed in stable condition at a Phoenix hospital. [MyFoxPhoenix]
Apparently, web suicides aren’t that uncommon, but could they be an indication of the increasing vanity of our culture? Or are they simply high-tech cries for help?