13 reasons why, Netflix show examines why his character died as a result of suicide, caused controversy among the scientific community as to whether this contributed to the surge in the number of suicides. CEO of Netflix Reed Hastings responded to this charge after the first season, simply stating that "no one should see." But after a study linking the surge in the number of teen suicides show made headlines this week, the streaming service took a little less ruthless attitude .
"We have just seen, this study and look at research that conflicts with the teaching in the University of Pennsylvania last week," said a spokesman for Netflix Gizmodo in an e-mail Tuesday. "It is critically important topic, and we have worked hard to make us treat this sensitive issue responsibly."
The representative associated with the article details a study published in the journal Social Science and Medicine this month. This study showed that reports of adults aged 18 to 29 surveyed, those who finished the second season of the show, which was released in May last year, had a positive impact. But the adults surveyed, do not finish the season had a higher risk of suicide. It's not exactly the most promising results presented in the opposition, but it is a little to undermine the new study intensify the debate over whether the show is due to an increase in the number of suicides.
Recent studies have been published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. It was found that within nine months after the release of the show was more than 195 suicides among US youth aged 10 to 17 than expected based on historical data.
In particular, in April 2017, a month after the release of 190 US youth died as a result of suicide, which is about 30 percent higher than the suicide rate in the five years before, according to USA Today. But these results are hardly convincing, considering other possible factors or events that occur around the same time edition of the show, which may be associated with these suicides.
It remains unclear exactly how Netflix will respond to the problem of researchers and critics, but if history is any indication, showrunners unlikely to cancel the show as a whole as a result of this disaster.
If you or someone you know, thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text in Crisis Text Line at 741-741.