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article imageOnline life now has option to end it all and commit Web suicide

By Kev Hedges     Sep 16, 2010 in Internet
Rotterdam - A Dutch website has claimed it will remove your name, delete your posts, blogs, photos, articles, and videos. In fact everything you ever tweeted or updated on your Facebook page can all be removed and now people are flocking to sign up to this service.
The site Web 2.0 Suicide Machine is becoming very popular for people who want a return to their analogue life, a life that they used to live where they actually go out of the front door and talk to their neighbours, phone a friend and speak to a family member rather than tweet or update that facebook comment.
Web 2.0 Suicide Machine lets you delete all your social-networking profiles, kill your fake virtual friends, and completely do away with your online alter ego. The site states it can have you feeling free again in 52 minutes.
There is a growing number of people who feel their online life has spiralled out of control. This year will see the first generation adult turn 18 and be able to say their entire life has been lived online according to Katie Beck (BBC America).
Television correspondent Daniel Sieberg is one such person who feels social networking had taken over his life and he felt the need to end it all and disconnect. He said:
Me and my ego got sucked in. Big time. And my relationships suffered, I allowed the passive acceptance of strangers to replace meaningful interaction with the people I know and love. I had become more interested in a wall post here or a poke there.
The site has had around 90,000 requests so far and claims to have removed 1,176,563 friends and 504,978 tweets since launching.
Chief Euthanasia Officer Gordan Savicic said:
We figured out that people have advertised so much with their online ego, that basically a kind of avatar persona has been created so actually people start talking about killing someone like it would be a real person
However according to Oregon-based psychiatrist Dr Jerald Block, disconnecting poses some risks:
If you are heavily active [on the internet], by disconnecting you are losing a significant relationship. Those 30 or 40 hours of time (every week) now have to be filled with real life
Another expert Clay Shirky, author of Cognitive Surplus believes the internet is altering the way we see each other
We are a social species, we've always shaped each other's identities. What's happened now, is the explicitness, the permanentness, the globalness, the searchability, all of those things have amplified a bunch of those effects. We should look at the medium and say what are its advantages and disadvantages, and how can we maximise the former and minimize the latter, based on the way the world is right now?
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