YouTube Star Logan Paul Under Fire for Posting Heinous Video of a Suicide Victim’s Dead Body
uicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the United States
Every year, nearly 45,000 Americans die of suicide. While middle-aged white men make up the vast majority of suicides with 7 out of 10 deaths, a large portion of these deaths is attributed to Generation Z, the population demographic born between 1995 and now.
Social psychologist Jean Twenge attributes this horrifying statistic to Generation Z’s dependence on technology and social media. Gen Z is the first generation to have never grown up without the internet, and they are also the first generation with constant smartphone access.
This state of affairs has affected them – and not for the better. As Twenge explains in a report for The Atlantic:
Psychologically… they are more vulnerable than Millennials were: Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011. It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones… There is compelling evidence that the devices we’ve placed in young people’s hands are having profound effects on their lives—and making them seriously unhappy.
One of the most prominent members of Generation Z is YouTube star Logan Paul.
At age 22, the former Vine and current YouTube star has amassed $14.3 million a year from his varied pursuits, which include acting and a clothing line called Maverick.
Paul uploads a 15-minute comedy video every day and has had roles in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Thinning, a YouTube Red original movie, and The Space Between Us, as well as the upcoming movie, Airplane Mode, which features a plane full of social media stars.
“I want to be the biggest entertainer in the world,” he once told Business Insider. “That’s my deal. I’ll do whatever it takes to get that. As many hours as is needed.”
Paul’s dreams of superstardom are threatened after this week, however, when he took one of his pranks to such a distasteful, disgusting level, he got the entire internet up in arms.