Almost immediately after [Ankan] Dey’s suicide, it began to be reported as the first death in West Bengal linked to the global Blue Whale
The Blue Whale challenge is said to be an online game in which a designated curator assigns players various tasks over a 50-day period, culminating
in the player committing suicide. It is believed to have originated in Russia and spread to other countries. In the past several months, several
suicides across India have been linked with the challenge in some form or the other, prompting demands that the game be banned. The central government
has even ordered Facebook and Google to take down all material connected to the challenge.
quartz.com, Aug. 22, 2017 - Are Indian
teenagers really committing suicide because of the Blue Whale challenge?
The article refutes that Dey was actually playing the challenge.
Wait?!! Wtf is the "blue whale challenge"?? As stated, there are 49 daily tasks that each "player" has to complete. After completing the 49th
task, they have one last task: commit suicide.
heavy.com has a list of 50 tasks: Blue Whale Challenge:
List of All 50 Tasks [Updated]
Some examples are:
* Get up at 4:20 am, watch a scary movie
* Skype a "whale" message
* Wake up at 4:20 and go to the roof
* The "curator" assigns the date the person will die
It seems to be played in India (so far) which is what the parent's fear in the quartz article points out--more kids are "playing" this "game".
The "game" started in Russia where a guy bragged he was getting teenagers to kill themselves for which he was sent to jail for 3 years (inciting
people to kill themselves). The Quartz article says "80 out 150 suicides" of young people over a year period in Russia were linked to the BW
Is this the "new normal"?? Over at my Universe 25 thread (link in sig line), the "behavioral sink" is when a social norm is redirected to
antisocial activity like violence. I argue that part of the "social imprinting" that happens at a certain age that is around the same time as
awakening human sexuality (using Tim Leary's 8 Circuit Model:
), is where young people are vulnerable. I point out the
suicide pact and general rise of suicide in First Nation Canadians is an example of this "behavior sink" where social norms no longer function. The
result is a social imprinting on death. A restating of that idea is, "In order to feel like I belong, I have to commit suicide."
That is my take: A real example of a behavioral sink using the internet as a medium. Is this "fear mongering" like "heavy metal music kills" was
back in the 80s? Parents looking to blame something, Blue Whale Challenge, because they are out of touch with the modern era? Kids being kids?
Something I'm totally missing the point on?
Your thoughts ATS?
Personally, I never heard of this (I will not call it a "game" because it is too dumb of an idea to begin with--get it kids? Don't bother with
this!), stupidity until I read the article.
This is one whale that does not deserve being saved!