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[–]hennaojisan 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (2 children)

Still, it's much lower than in the depression era but the question is: why have US suicide rates risen since 1997? There are multiple factors but one I feel sure is cognitive dissonance. There is a vast difference between the realities mass media are trying to create and the reality people experience in their own lives. In many cases, media are adjusting their programming to make it as depression-inducing and socially destructive as possible. An example is Netflix. Thanks, I love a nice graph.

[–]SherlockHolmes 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

media are adjusting their programming to make it as depression-inducing and socially destructive as possible.

That and the fact that news media only covering bad stuff and social media only highlighting the best stuff distorts the true world-view of people, making them feel disconnected from the world and much more depressed.

[–]hennaojisan 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Yes. We have to remember that violence in the US has been declining since the late eighties. The media is creating divides: right against left, white against black, black against white, and it's simply not true. Left against right is paid for—antifa, BLM, all are paid and ride in on the same bus.