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Friday, 11 April 2008

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Better dead than surfing MySpace, reading the gushing blogs of teenage girls.

People surfing the web are more likely to commit suicide than people who watch Fox television, a study says.

Researchers used hit logs and four search engines to look for suicide-inducing websites, the British Medical Journal said.

The thirty-three most frequently occurring websites contained such repetitive bland material, flickering images of look-alike celebrities, poor spelling, angst-ridden blogs, and annoying pop-up advertisements, that viewing for prolonged periods often induced a suicidal state, prompting researchers to call for anti-suicide web requirements to be prioritised by legislators.

Mental health campaigners said that lame, ad-prone, irritating sites preyed on vulnerable people, their poor design and empty content easily making suicide appear a viable option.

The 1961 Suicide Act says it is illegal to aid, abet, counsel, procure or incite someone to commit suicide.

Mark Lowton, Jonathan Rosenberg, and that bedwetter 'Tom' have refused to comment on the findings.


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