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Suicidal Tweets Mirror Suicide Rates

(10/15/2013)

Suicidal Tweets Mirror Suicide Rates
Psych Central
October 12, 2013

A new study shows that the ratio of suicidal tweets closely mirrors the actual suicide rate, offering hope that Twitter and other social media platforms could serve as a type of early warning system to prevent such tragedies. The researchers found 37,717 troubling tweets from 28,088 unique users for whom some location information was available. Their study, published in the journal Crisis, reports that each state’s ratio of suicidal tweets strongly correlated with its actual suicide rate. 

View the full article here: http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/10/12/suicidal-tweets-mirror-suicide-rates/60626.html


Keywords: suicidal, tweets, mirror, suicide, rate, study



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