A Taiwanese woman killed herself by filling her room with fumes while chatting on Facebook. Even after posting a photo of her room filling up with fumes, not a single one of her online friends called to warn authorities.
Claire Lin took her life on March 18, which also happened to be her 31st birthday. Beforehand, Lin engaged in Facebook chats with nine online friends for a little over an hour, informing them of her plans. During these chats, Lin posted two photos from her mobile phone — the first of a burning charcoal barbecue and the second of her room filling with fumes.
“Be calm, open the window, put out the charcoal fire, please I beg you,” one friend, Chung Hsin said
“The fumes are suffocating. They fill my eyes with tears. Don’t write me anymore,” Lin replied.
While some seemed to make attempts to find her physical location, none of Lin’s Facebook friends made a move to contact authorities.
According to reports, Lin was unhappy because of issues she was having with her boyfriend. It was said boyfriend that found her body the next morning. According to a Taipei police officer, Hsieh Ku-ming, the family members who reported the suicide had no knowledge of the Facebook conversations she had right before her death.
“It could be true that it would be hard to track down a Facebook friend without her address or phone contact,” Hseih said.
A sociologist at Fen Chia University in Taiwan, Chai Ben-rei, says this is an indicator of how people are able to hide behind their computer screens.
“People may have doubts about what they see on the Internet because of its virtual nature, and fail to take action on it,” he said.
Unfortunately, Lin’s case is not the first of its kind and is not likely to be the last.
“Most people who die by suicide give some indication, in terms of exhibiting these warning signs,” said Lidia S. Bernik, associate project director of National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. “All too often, those around them are not knowledgeable and they don’t react, and they might have had an opportunity to save a life and didn’t know it.”
Facebook added that they have alliances with suicide prevention centers and encourage all their users to seek help when feeling hopeless.
“This case serves as a painful reminder of how people can help others who are in distress or need assistance,” a spokesperson for Facebook said. “We encourage them to notify us, and we work with third-party support groups including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Taiwan Suicide Prevention Center to reach out to people who may need help. In the case of an emergency, please call the appropriate authorities immediately. Our Family Safety Center also contains resources on how to help people who are in danger of harming themselves, and users can find more info here.”
Image Source: Survivor Sucks