Social networks as well as social media has come a long way in bringing the world closer such as this pair of twins who actually “met” each other on Facebook, but like any other neutral idea or object in life, there is also a downside to it if used in an improper manner or abused. Instagram, the online service that allows us to share images snapped with our smartphones on the spot alongside a comment underneath, has been used as the vehicle of choice for a girl from Shanghai, who calls herself @jojotsai1012, to broadcast her suicide to the whole world after she could not handle the breakup with her boyfriend.
It seems that there is no balm good enough to patch up her broken heart after she and her boyfriend parted ways, and the cloud of depression enveloped her until she decided to take her own life by jumping off a building.
One of the more heartbreaking thoughts that she shared included, “It’s been 12 days since the break up. I’ve gone out, had meals, watched movies, drank, sang KTV with all sorts of guys, and any one of them is more handsome than he is, richer than he is. I say this only to prove that it isn’t that I can’t find guys better than him, much less me thinking him so good looking, so rich. There are a bunch of men with good circumstances around me, as friends who know me all know. It’s just that my heart is unable to accept anyone else. Every time I go out [with them], I end up crying. I force myself to smile, I tell myself “the most important part of being a person is to be happy”, I constantly hypnotize [deceive, convince] myself, but in the end I can’t hypnotize my heart. I don’t understand, if the one you choose isn’t me, why did you give me this much hope/expectations, give me this many promises? If you never thought of having a child with me, why did you let me think of a name? He said before that if his mother doesn’t agree to us getting married, he will date [remain as a couple] with me forever, getting married when we are old. This really is the most romantic words of love I’ve ever heard in my life, but it was also a lie. All of this I cannot forget, can never forget, unless I die.”
She even burned all of her possessions from the relationship and burned them on her bed, accompanied by the caption, “Let it burn, all the things like ashes float away.”
Of course, her tragic end was there for the whole (Instagram) world to see, which was not a happy ending at all. This really goes to show how in our hurting world, all that it takes to possibly prevent a suicide in a young life might be a listening ear or even 5 minutes of your time to give that lonely child a hug, or a few words of praise.