Woman Commits Suicide After Being Accused of Facebook Addiction

Woman Commits Suicide After Being Accused of Facebook Addiction

By John Lavitt 03/19/14

A 24-year-old Indian woman was confronted by her parents over her obsession with Facebook. She responded by hanging herself from a ceiling fan.

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According to a report published in India Today, the daughter of an Indian army officer committed suicide after being accused of an addiction to Facebook by her family.

Scolded for overusing the social network and told to delete her account, Sushma Goswami, 24, responded by hanging herself. Goswami discovered Facebook only last September and the site quickly turned into an addiction as she started spending hours in front of her computer. Her younger brother followed suit and both raised the ire of their parents for neglecting their daily chores while doing little else beyond spending time online. The siblings each had more than a thousand friends on Facebook despite spending their lives as social recluses focused almost entirely on their studies.

Following the confrontation with her parents, Goswami locked herself in her room and was found hanging from a ceiling fan the next morning. She left behind a suicide note in her diary that read in part, "Mummy, forgive me," according to the police report.

Sadly, this isn't the first time a young Indian woman took her own life over Facebook. In October 2013, a 17-year-old girl in Parbhani district of Maharashtra committed suicide after an argument with her parents over her obsession with Facebook. "Is Facebook so bad? I cannot stay in a home with such restrictions as I can't live without Facebook," she wrote in her suicide note.

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