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Facebook Use Not Tied to Homicides

Facebook Use Not Tied to Homicides

A new study investigated whether homicides involving social networking sites were unique and worthy of labels such as “Facebook Murder.”

As a component of the study, researchers studied the way in which perpetrators had used social media sites in the homicides they had committed.

They discovered the murder cases were not collectively unique or unusual when compared with general trends and characteristics.

In other words, the homicides were not facilitated to a degree that would necessitate the introduction of a new category of homicide or a broad label like “Facebook Murder.”

“Victims knew their killers in most cases, and the crimes echoed what we already know about this type of crime,” said Dr. Elizabeth Yardley.

Yardley is a co-author of the paper found in the Howard Journal of Criminal Justice.

“Social networking sites like Facebook have become part and parcel of our everyday lives and it’s important to stress that there is nothing inherently bad about them.

“Facebook is no more to blame for these homicides than a knife is to blame for a stabbing — it’s the intentions of the people using these tools that we need to focus upon.”

Source: Wiley/EurekAlert

Facebook Use Not Tied to Homicides

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Facebook Use Not Tied to Homicides. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 20, 2019, from
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