The recent accidental fatal shooting of a man live on YouTube – in an attempt to draw more followers to their site – has been described by US authorities as a ‘social media stunt gone wrong’ and has highlighted the dangers of social media addiction.
Monalisa Perez, 19, was booked into a Minnesota county jail after shooting at Pedro Ruiz as he held a book to his chest, believing it would stop the bullet, the BBC reported. The couple’s three-year-old child and nearly 30 onlookers watched as she fired the fatal bullet into his chest.
A relative of Ruiz said she had told her they did it because ‘we want more viewers, we want to get famous’.
One of the problems with social media’s rise in popularity is that people think their list of ‘virtual friends’ and the number of ‘hits’ they get for each item they post makes them ‘more famous’ and this need to be famous or popular can become an addiction.
Breaking an unwanted habit or addiction is not easy but clinical hypnotherapy can help people conquer their addictions and has great success in helping people stop smoking, overcome alcohol misuse, drug dependency and other ‘problem behaviors’.
We define a problem behavior as an unwanted habit or addiction; something you feel you have no control over which affects your life and the lives of those you care about.
Habits such as overeating or smoking are the most common. But there are other behaviors that affect people’s lives, make them unhappy or cause a risk to their health and the health of those around them.
An addiction can feel like it controls your life, but the good news is that we are in control and can change how we react to certain situations and you can protect ourselves in ways that are healthy.
An unwanted habit can also lead to stress and anxiety – another area in which hypnotherapy can help.
The rise in the popularity of social media is staggering. Facebook alone now has more than 1.5 billion users worldwide. This changing world has brought new opportunities but also pitfalls. Every week there seems to be a news headline about someone who has got into trouble through social media.
Referring to the tragic YouTube shooting, the Ruiz relative said: “It was just a prank gone wrong” and Ms Perez, who is pregnant, is now facing charges of second degree manslaughter. The single gunshot was fired from about one foot away as neighbors gathered to watch outside their Minnesota home.
If you feel you have a problem behavior that needs help, want to deal with anxiety issue, get help coping with a social media addiction or any other problem or issue then please get in touch or have a look around my Audio Hypnosis shop for sessions designed to help with similar issues and problems …