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    YouTuber Etika Commits Suicide At 29

    This is a few days old but the YouTuber known as Etika was found dead in the water beneath the Manhattan Bridge.

    He expressed in his last video he was taking his own life and went missing. Days later he was found.

    In his video, he expressed that he hoped it served as a lesson to other people not to let social media take control of their lives and mess them up. To step back and focus on real life offline.

    Most people covering this story are turning it into an issue in the gaming community when this is an issue with social media. They won't say it like it is which makes this even worse.

    If you know anyone who is having mental health issues from social media, encourage them to take a break.

    I have a feeling things are only going to get worse for a lot of people in America with this upcoming 2020 election.

    What are your thoughts on his story? Why do you think everyone is ignoring his words and his blame toward social media addiction?

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    Never liked the guy, always (not that I'd known of him for a long time) seemed like an attention seeker to me. But he certainly had a point about social media before his demise. Had he left Twitter and other social networks long ago his life wouldn't have spiralled like it did. Having said that, I think that ultimately he was the one who killed himself—not social media. I think everybody has the ability to not let social media control them. It's not hard to just deactivate your accounts unless you have any for professional/business reasons. (In which case they shouldn't interfere with your personal life anyway.)

    Yeah, a lot of people should take a break. Others should quit social media for good. When they claim that social media has given them PTSD or they are mentally ill combined with a social media obsession, it's time to pull the plug on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis View Post
    Never liked the guy, always (not that I'd known of him for a long time) seemed like an attention seeker to me. But he certainly had a point about social media before his demise. Had he left Twitter and other social networks long ago his life wouldn't have spiralled like it did. Having said that, I think that ultimately he was the one who killed himself—not social media. I think everybody has the ability to not let social media control them. It's not hard to just deactivate your accounts unless you have any for professional/business reasons. (In which case they shouldn't interfere with your personal life anyway.)

    Yeah, a lot of people should take a break. Others should quit social media for good. When they claim that social media has given them PTSD or they are mentally ill combined with a social media obsession, it's time to pull the plug on it.
    You made* a fair point. He pulled the trigger, not social media, metaphorically of course. I spent a lot of time online from 2003 to about 2006. Then I wasn't online all that much but for gaming and what not. I started spending more time online around 2009 and I noticed a difference. I think the "mainstream" push for online communications is what make social media such a huge thing. The problem is, you had people with little to no online communication experience jumping head first into something they honestly, in my opinion, didn't understand. If people were eased into it instead of feeling the pressure of missing out on something, things may be different today.

    I don't spend much time on Twitter anymore. I retweet a few things, post quotes, and I get bored. I prefer forums and gaming for communicating with people myself. I don't like where social media is now, it is just in a bad place and I can't see it recovering from this. We have too many people who don't care about other people spreading lies and horrible words and we have other people who are just too darn sensitive.

    Then the blame... The negative folks blame everything on everyone else or something else which ruins things for everyday people just trying to enjoy life. Gaming, movies, tv series, etc. have all gone "woke mode" and it is just incredible cringy and insulting.

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    As y'all already said, it's up to the individual to know themselves and make the call when it's time to get help. It's all so subjective that there isn't really a good way to go about handling this sort of issue. I don't even use the social media accounts I have and I couldn't care less about what occurs on there. Some people care enough to end their lives over it. Granted, he was a more public figure than I am, so he probably got a lot more shit than I do when I check my personal accounts. On the flip side...he chose to be a public figure and continued making YouTube videos so it's not like he made a decent attempt to distance himself from the public eye. the poor dude probably had some emotional disorder that could have been triggered by anything. If it weren't the 2000's it wouldn't have been social media that did it, but something else would have likely gotten to him without help/medication.

    Korin, I see what you're saying with the 2020 election as well. I don't know if mentally ill people have just been given louder voices due to social media or if people are genuinely as upset as they claim to be....but the upcoming election is spooking me as well. And it really shouldn't...Just a few years ago nobody gave a shit and now it's like every small thing is a life or death decision. Does the momentum slow down and go back the other way or do smaller and smaller things keep getting increasingly extreme responses? I'm not trying to be cheeky here, i'm genuinely curious if the people who get really bent out of shape over (seemingly) small things like social media or election results are ill, attention seeking, or if I'm just a numb husk of a human?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zemekis View Post
    As y'all already said, it's up to the individual to know themselves and make the call when it's time to get help. It's all so subjective that there isn't really a good way to go about handling this sort of issue. I don't even use the social media accounts I have and I couldn't care less about what occurs on there. Some people care enough to end their lives over it. Granted, he was a more public figure than I am, so he probably got a lot more shit than I do when I check my personal accounts. On the flip side...he chose to be a public figure and continued making YouTube videos so it's not like he made a decent attempt to distance himself from the public eye. the poor dude probably had some emotional disorder that could have been triggered by anything. If it weren't the 2000's it wouldn't have been social media that did it, but something else would have likely gotten to him without help/medication.

    Korin, I see what you're saying with the 2020 election as well. I don't know if mentally ill people have just been given louder voices due to social media or if people are genuinely as upset as they claim to be....but the upcoming election is spooking me as well. And it really shouldn't...Just a few years ago nobody gave a shit and now it's like every small thing is a life or death decision. Does the momentum slow down and go back the other way or do smaller and smaller things keep getting increasingly extreme responses? I'm not trying to be cheeky here, i'm genuinely curious if the people who get really bent out of shape over (seemingly) small things like social media or election results are ill, attention seeking, or if I'm just a numb husk of a human?

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    I think it boils down to people not having a purpose in life. We have had it better than every generation before us. We didn't have to experience war directly, the huge disease spreads, mass starvation... I think it created a lot of weak people. I think a big part of human life is struggle. It helps build character, it pushes progress in a natural state, it helps us for a lack of a better world, evolve.

    I look around and see a lot of unhappy people. They are not unhappy because of Trump or racism, they are not unhappy because of college debts or working a job they hate... They are unhappy with themselves and until they realize that, no amount of "change" will make them happier.

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    Never heard of him, but I already dislike his style.

    He also looks looked like that one in the Burger King Kids Club. Ah whatever.
    "It turned out that the ghost was just Mr. Finley, who ran the amusement park. The spooky part is that, as soon as the ghost appeared, the teenagers' dog began to speak! And it spoke in a tortured parody of human speech: 'relp me, Raggy,' it would say. 'I am an abomination and rould re rilled. Rill re, Raggy.'"

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaronOfStuff View Post
    Burger King Kids Club.
    I was always partial to Kid Vid, myself.

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