Since April, psychologist and anti-suicide activist Dan Reidenberg has encouraged Netflix not to go forward with hit show 13 Reasons Why. Now, researcher John Ayers of San Diego State University is saying the same thing.
New studies demonstrate that the show may be having the opposite effect it should. Ayers monitored a period in April after the release of the show and before Aaron Hernandez’s suicide, to track how the term suicide was being searched on the web.
“We actually may see more suicides because of this show,” said Dan Reidenberg back in April. Today, he seems vindicated. Unless it’s all a massive coincidence, 13 Reasons Why could have led to an increase in suicidal thoughts.