There has been a lot of controversy surrounding ’13 Reasons Why’ since it’s debut on Netflix. Mostly, it was worry that the show could actually cause more teen suicides. Now, we have a study that proves those worries could be true. The story, for those unfamiliar, surrounded a young woman who left tapes after she killed herself, highlighting the 13 reasons why she did it.
The study was done by the University of Michigan and published on Wednesday by Journal.ei. 87 teens participated in the survey. 43 had watched “13 Reasons Why”; of those, 21 said the show heightened the risk they would commit suicide. It reads: “Few believe this type of media exposure will take kids who are not depressed and make them suicidal. The concern is about how this may negatively impact youth who are already teetering on the edge.”