We're more connected with the world now than we ever have been in the history of mankind. Unfortunately the old saying, "alone in a crowd" seems to be all too real because even having the world at our fingertips, many people feel more alone than ever.
Sadly, a Taiwanese woman killed herself while chatting with her friends on Facebook. In addition, USA Today reported that although several people tried to convince her to stop what she was doing, nobody stepped up to call the authorities.
The woman lit a charcoal grill in her room and, over the course of an hour, took photos of herself as the carbon monoxide filled the room. At one point, after a friend urged her to open the window and put out the fire, she replied, "The fumes are suffocating. They fill my eyes with tears. Don't write me anymore." Her dying message was, "Too late. My room is filled with fumes. I just posted another picture. Even while I'm dying, I still want FB (Facebook). Must be FB poison. Haha." Her boyfriend visited her home the next day and discovered the body.
Although nobody would blame the suicide on Facebook, the anonymous nature of social media is very apparent in this case. How many people do you know online but have no address or phone number for? How would you react in a similar situation?