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Mother describes son's social media addiction that 'led to his death' ctm magazine

CJ Dawley was 17 when he died by suicide. In an exclusive interview with CNN Business, his parents explain how his social media addiction ‘led to his death’ and why they’re suing Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.

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  • August Rush on April 28, 2022

    At least they can’t blame it on Mr. Musk. And I’m sure the Twitter Board of Directors had nothing to do with it either. (Yeah, Right). To me, all I see is a ‘senseless loss of a life.’ Over some electronic gadget. One that has been ‘Weaponized.’ (No wonder why I don’t like to use/check my emails.). My heart goes out to the family and friends of this young man. No words can explain what I’m feeling. Best wishes on your recovery.

  • Greg Downer on April 28, 2022

    He did not commit suicide. The evil component of the 1% have technology we can't imagine. They have synthetic telepathic A.I. that can take over a body and make them do what they want. Guns are a threat to the global elites and they stop at nothing to try and implement new gun control laws. Their technology only works on individuals who are in a negative state of mind so he was targeted because of his mental health issues. These programs are often black budget CIA programs, MK ULTRA, run by the evil component of the 1%. He was murdered. I guarantee it. There was no reason to commit suicide.

  • Endre Schlotter on April 28, 2022

    Not just young people, even adults have such problems now. My 40 year old mate watches his phone every 15 minutes during a film in a cinema. Just why?
    I stopped playing mobile games because it was just not worth my time. Now I am a bit struggling to decide what to do in my free time but at least I have a choice. 🙂

  • sdrateR_backwards on April 28, 2022

    Reason that cause poor mental health : Economic insecureties. Housing insecurities, job insecurities with bad working conditions , environmental crisis, health care is so expensive so seeking mental health treatment can lead to financial ruin , higher education that leads to debt, some with debt for life, inequality in general, being worried about school shootings, gun violence in general, how the social safety nets are lacking for families living in poverty, and ofcourse parts of social media have an effect as well . Kids are more aware of the world and how society is turning to crap and how bad it really is. Because information is so readily available for them

  • Fistbumpbros on April 28, 2022

    Sad thing is that, that lawsuit will just be settled by big social media corps with money. And they will go on. And on.

  • Poppy Bell on April 28, 2022

    Maybe deep down he was a much different person than he projected because he thought his family would not accept the real person deep down inside.

  • Jeff Thompson on April 28, 2022

    DISLIKE When will the Communist Nutjob Network (CNN) do a story on Biden-funded US/DOD bioweapons plants in Ukraine? How about Sniffer Joe, who molested his daughter Ashley, Tara Reade and others? That Hunter has nude videos of his niece on his laptop and the FBI sat on those for years? The Durham indictments and Hillary/Russian collusion? Democrat policy failures?

  • George Castanza on April 28, 2022

    I am so sorry for their loss. Social media is a negative thing for most people. Ever since social media blew up with Facebook, depression and suicide rates have been raised. I believe Facebook was created for a more sinister reason. Facebook is a way to monitor, and control the population that uses it. Again, so sorry for their loss. EVERYONE needs to know never give up. At times in your life you may feel like nothing will ever get better, and the depression and pain will last forever. There always is a light at the end of the tunnel. Please never stop fighting. God/Jesus does help if you believe in him. Praying will help, though it is not a magic pill. God bless everyone

  • BeachBum on April 28, 2022

    So sad.

  • BeachBum on April 28, 2022

    Almost 1/2 of American ADULTS were manipulated by Trump, with help of the INTERNET AMPLIFYING ISSUES, and FAUX NEWS. So if Adults are easily addicted, how much more the World's children.

  • We are on a dangerous slope blaming these companies. As harsh as it sounds, these parents admit that they lost track of him. do kids have addictions, absolutely. Do parents have to give their kids such easy access? No, they don't.

  • Delany X on April 28, 2022

    Is social media addictive and kids need to be watched over better? Yes, but I think in a lot of cases, that it's NOT the main problem but rather a symptom. When I was depressed I fled into social media too but social media wasn't the cause of my problem.
    If you don't give your child the feeling that they can come to you when they struggle or you don't ever talk out problems, maybe even talk down to mental health issues, especially with boys (boys dont cry, be tough bla bla) then you should also take responsibility imo. It's what you're supposed to do, when you decide to get a child. Give them the support net they need. Social media plays only one part.

  • K V on April 28, 2022

    I'm nearly 50. My childhood in the 80s was the best time of my life. We used to go out with friends and talk goofy, play games & sports outside for hours, have real conversations. I'm so glad I grew up without the internet, mobile phones, social media. But youngsters today have little choice. SM is addictive by design-the companies know it. It's cocaine, just legal. If you're a parent of a young kid, please throw this disease away. They might rebel or whatever, but please handle it as best you can.

  • Sharon Williams on April 28, 2022

    As a mother who lost a child I'll tell you it stays with you forever. It never goes away no matter what you do. I cry every March on the day he left me & on his Birthday in August. You're heart is broken and you have too live with it everyday of you're life.

  • H Mefford on April 28, 2022

    So heartbreaking.

    Suicide leaves such a massive wound on the hearts of all the loved ones left behind. 💔

  • wattsup1004 on April 28, 2022

    The young today would need a social media vaccine but only one shot and no boosters.

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  • Dr. G on April 28, 2022

    I’m sure Elon Musk will make social media safe for teens.

  • JdaMoor Martinirossi on April 28, 2022

    These companies know and don't give a shit. The people behind the creation and operating of social media platforms don't allow their children to use social media. Facts. There's a whole documentary about it.

  • Brooklynn Graves on April 28, 2022

    She’s the parent and it’s her responsibility to monitor his use of Social Media. The only thing she did was fail to make conversation with her kid and allow an unlocked gun to be available in her home. I have taught science for 7 years and the parenting just gets worse every year. She is still avoiding dealing with him.

  • C B on April 28, 2022

    For all the people that watch this and say 'oh that's so sad, I can't believe it', etc, just remember what social media did to the stupid republicans and trump supporters… it inspired them to try and overthrow the government based on lies, spread on social media. This is a disease that's being perpetrated increasingly by US and foreign hostile actors, and the right in the USA has perfected social media use for their raging idiot base.

  • John Mcgrath on April 28, 2022

    Of course I feel for the parents, but you can't blame these social media companies for someone's inherent mental illness. If you're predisposed to addiction, mental health issues or anything like that in conjunction to the already difficult shit teenagers go through, the parents and even kids going through it NEED to take responsibility for their actions. My mother told me depression, anxiety, and addiction run in the family….I didn't heed the warning and now I'm 42 years old with all three afflictions. I DIDN'T take it seriously, and now as an adult a bit more wise than my Teenage self I wish I had!

  • Rico on April 28, 2022

    Hey CNN, why don't you talk about Bidens failed Southern border policy.. thousands of illegal criminals and fentanyl pouring into our Country daily killing our children

  • Soul Fly on April 28, 2022

    lmfaoooooooo ummm yea lets blame "unsocial" media and NOT shitty ass parenting //////////////////////////////////////// parents these days just let the internet raise their kids

  • Military Psychologist on April 28, 2022

    I feel sad for their loss but projecting blame on social media platforms is misdirected.

  • Sonny Italiano on April 29, 2022

    Social media has nothing to do with what happened to this kid. His issues are of a personal low self-esteem mindset and he was just obsessed with wanting to be better so others accept him just to be popular and have more followers.
    FYI, not everyone will accept you or have good to say most of the time and thats apart of human nature and the human psychy. so the reality is that everyone should accept themselves.
    Instead of wasting time worrying about physical appearance or am I beautiful or handsome enough. Could've found a hobby or soul search for other interests in life. No one stays young and beautiful forever. He could've been an old man old and grey looking back at himself 50 years ago and have a few laughs about it while drinking beers with his other friends.
    What a life wasted over such nonsense fantasy of perfection. When most people actually don't realize that "imperfection" is what makes us all unique, attractive and admirable.
    This is the world we live in today. Technology taking over people's lives behind a screen when they need to go take a hike, go fishing, play soccer, go to the gym and hit the beach.
    All these lawsuits against Facebook and Instagram won't help at all if the kid made the choices he did out of his own free will.
    Social media is NOT responsible for people being mentally ill because they needed to learn loving and accepting themselves more.
    Could've gotten a part time job instead of using up all that screen time just to end your life because one or few people disagreed with your comment or post.

  • GandalfsBastard on April 29, 2022

    Wow. back in my day ppl capped themselves when they had real problems

  • 7531monkey on April 29, 2022

    Just looking for someone to blame.

  • Erasmus on April 29, 2022

    suicidal media is a mental illness.
    get off it.
    it serves no one but the advertisers and the socal media selling your personal information for profit.

  • YUSIFOV SULEYMAN on April 29, 2022

    Parents needs to be strict about their kids social media usage! Its addictive, and it stops their development. I am 30 yo, i am saying it based on my own experience. Obviously social media companies doesn’t give a sht about any of us, all they care is amount of Benjamins they make, and every second spent on social media increases their Benjamins

  • Motivation Eyes on April 29, 2022

    Everyone who reads this, we don't know each other and probably never will but I wish you all the best in life and all the luck in the world  🗣️

  • SubFlow22 on April 29, 2022

    There is an incredibly contagious social disease spreading over social media right now. It's goal is, ultimately, depopulation.

  • Marc-André Brunet on April 29, 2022

    It is a very interesting subject.
    Thank you very much for talking about it.
    By doing this interview, you help many people.

  • lily boone on April 29, 2022

    Parents need to talk to their kids about suicide and how much damage it causes, they need to discuss the effects of social media, society, bullying, and the addiction that comes from praise, the highs and lows that come from addiction or never let them get a phone.

  • Carlos _ on April 29, 2022

    When is CNN stopping calling themselves a NEWS network?

  • wattsup1004 on April 29, 2022

    The young today would need a social media vaccine but only one shot and no boosters.

  • Sparky's Mom on April 29, 2022

    I hope they win the lawsuits. Social media has been the ultimate destruction of the American family

  • charlespk2008 on April 29, 2022

    i am afraid this does come down to parents saying NO, and kids learning how to figure out when something is bad.
    people called World of Warcraft worse things, but it taught me one vital lesson: drama is the worst thing for any group of people. modern media is far too drama-centric.

  • wattsup1004 on April 30, 2022

    The young today would need a social media vaccine but only one shot and no boosters.

  • Marshall Q-Anon Vaughan on April 30, 2022

    This woman is lying her ass off CNN paid those actors to get on TV and lie they ass off. 🤔 Funny this story pops up right after Elon buys Twitter and opens it up for free speech. CNN is trying to use the subversion technique to manipulate people into believing that social media should not be free speech platforms. If anyone believes this they are bonified idiots, morons who believes anything on TV

  • Eigono Kyoushi on April 30, 2022

    Will a 380 caliber work?…or does it need to be a 9mm? Where's the best place on the skull to aim?

  • Nemrak on May 1, 2022

    Zuckerberg is the devil! How does he sleep at nights especially as a father himself knowing that other peoples kids are living in hell and killing themselves over something he has created and made billions off of!!!!! Despicable greedy demon! You can easily change those algorithm's to the benefit of the customer but no its what makes him more $$$$$$ that is all he cares about! I say everyone boycotts ALL social media apps period let them die out and lets return to normal life!

  • Jonathan Torres 🕎✝️ on May 1, 2022

    As He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered them, “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled. For all these things must happen, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines, epidemics, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then they will hand you over to be persecuted and will kill you. And you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. Then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another. And many false prophets will rise and will deceive many. Because iniquity will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:3‭-14 MEV

    (Obs: From the beginning of the tribulation to the end there are 7 years. Near the end, the gospel will be preached to the whole world, which would be impossible without technology of global communication.)

    When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you know that its desolation has drawn near. Luke 21:20 MEV

    So when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place,(…) Matthew 24:15 MEV

    “His armies shall rise up and desecrate the sanctuary fortress. They shall abolish the daily sacrifice and set up the abomination that makes desolate.” Daniel 11:31 MEV

    “From the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away and the abomination that makes desolate set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.” Daniel 12:11 MEV

    (Obs: These events will take place after the construction of the third temple of Solomon in Jerusalem.)

    (…)then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. Let him who is in the field not return to take his clothes. Woe to those who are with child and to those who nurse in those days! Pray that your escape will not be in the winter or on the Sabbath. For then will be great tribulation, such as has not happened since the beginning of the world until now, no, nor ever shall be. Unless those days were shortened, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. Matthew 24:16‭-22 MEV

    There will be signs in the sun and the moon and the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men fainting from fear and expectation of what is coming on the inhabited earth. For the powers of heaven will be shaken. Luke 21:25-26 MEV

    (Obs: In the age of technology, men know what is happening on the inhabited earth, no longer are they limited by local information.)

    Immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. Matthew 24:29‭-31 MEV

    (Obs: This is the sixth seal of the book of Revelation, pay much attention here, for the signs of the sixth seal >match< the signs of Matthew 24:29-30, the sixth seal is when the rapture happens; before the great tribulation, before the seven trumpets.)

    When these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, for your redemption is drawing near. Luke 21:28 MEV

    Because you have kept My word of patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation which shall come upon the entire world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Revelation 3:10 MEV

    (Obs: Rapture before the time of temptation, which will be the government of the antichrist during the great tribulation.)

    For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 MEV

    (Obs: Rapture.)

    For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Matthew 24:38‭-‬39 MEV

    (Obs: People will not be eating and drinking and marrying during the great tribulation, therefore, rapture will happen before the great tribulation, when people are still distracted.)

    When they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape. 1 Thessalonians 5:3 MEV

    (Obs: Sudden destruction near the rapture.)

    For the mystery of lawlessness is already working. Only He who is now restraining him will do so until He is taken out of the way. Then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth, and destroy with the brightness of His presence, 2 Thessalonians 2:7 MEV

    (Obs: Who is restraining the antichrist from revealing himself? Who is stopping the antichrist from rising? The sons of God! When the elect are raptured, the antichrist will be free to take over. Rapture will trigger the great tribulation and the government of the antichrist.)

    Two will be in the field; one will be taken, and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and the other left. Matthew 24:40‭-41 MEV

    (Obs: Rapture.)

    Know this first, that there shall come scoffers in the last days who walk after their own lusts, and say, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things have continued as they were since the beginning of the creation.” 2 Peter 3:3‭-4 MEV

    (Obs: Apostasy of the last days, when more and more men are denying God and going after their own sinful desires.)

    But the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat. The earth also and the works that are in it will be burned up. 2 Peter 3:10 MEV

    (Obs: The destructions that will happen near the rapture, just as the days of Sodom and Gomorrah; the righteous is rescued and the judgements are poured upon the wicked, and “like a thief in the night” means it will happen when you do not expect, “heavens will pass away” means the sky will vanish as a scroll that is being rolled up, which is mentioned in Revelation 6:14.)

    In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet, for the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:52 MEV

    (Obs: People around the world have been hearing trumpets from the sky in different times, it has been happening for a few years. When the last trumpet sound, the redeemed will be rescued and the great tribulation will begin.)

    He causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, so that no one may buy or sell, except he who has the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name. Revelation 13:16‭-17 MEV

    (Obs: In the last days, no one will be able to buy or sell without a mark from the government/beast of the antichrist, which will take place during the great tribulation, which is at the door.)

    But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase. Daniel 12:4 MEV

    (Obs: In the last days, many people travel to many places and knowledge is increased.)

    For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16 MEV

    Behold, the Lord of lords is coming soon, repent now of all your sins — stay away from all sins — and abide in the only Savior and Lord Jesus, the Christ, (Yeshua the Messiah) with all your heart, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

  • b Kewl on May 1, 2022

    cnn should go away, wat they are? yeehaw!!!

  • dagmastr12 on May 9, 2022

    Should have to be 18 to have a account on Social media

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