Call me old-fashioned, but I just don't get this new craze that's sweeping the nation. According to the BBC the popularity of self-harm has risen 50% over recent years.
Is this something to do with Emos, or is it Emo's?
There's a lot of pressure on young people these days and they struggle with their body image. So they use self-harm as a coping mechanism.
I'm not making this shit up, it's right here in black and white.
I'm sure this is no laughing matter and I'm no doctor, but this sounds a lot to me like Attention Seeking Syndrome.
The reasons I believe it to be ASS are the following...
- How does cutting your arm help you cope with feeling shit about the way you look? It doesn't unless someone gives you some attention
- Why is it always something super-visible, and safe, like the arm. You never see someone who's just cut their nose off, and you never hear of self-harmers running full tilt into a 3 foot high fence to get a bloody good body shot in.
Looking at pictures of self-harm on the internet encourages people to mutilate their own bodies? Are these experts mad? People who look up pictures of self-harm are massively fucking warped in the first place, they don't need any encouragement.
It's like saying that watching porn on the internet will make me pretend to be a pizza delivery boy and cut a hole in the bottom of the pizza box surprising the fetching milf, who keeps in trim by eating pizza in the middle of the day, with my rampant member when she wants to check that her delivery is correct.
Reading that article DID make me want to stick hot pokers in my eyes, so there may be some truth in it after all.