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Russian teenagers set themselves alight and jump from a bridge for social media attention

In a blood-curdling video, a group of thrill-seeking teens from Russia, set themselves on fire and jumped off a bridge into water. Reason? To gain some fame on the internet of course.

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Nowadays, everybody on social media is trying to gain their moment of fame. People are constantly following trends, picking up on daily pegs of news, and trying out new things to go viral on the internet, at least once. But the problem comes when people forget reality and get too involved in the greed of being popular on the virtual world, that s when it gets dangerous, and that s when you need to stop. However, these two teens crossed the line until it became deathly. In an effort to achieve their moment of fame on social media, a group of boys in the south-western city of Penza in Russia decided to stand on top of a bridge and set themselves on fire, and then jump into water. What makes no sense to you and I, was the idea of these teens to go viral on internet. Also Read - Internet down: Zomato, Paytm, Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon, Myntra, many other global services suffered massive outage

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However, if the motive of these teenagers was really to gain social media attention, they did attract a huge chunk of it. If you search up on Google or any social media platform for Russian teens jumping off a bridge, you would see this video on the top of the search results. And watching the video is nothing short of a nightmare. The video begins with a hand in the frame of the video pouring some sort of a liquid on the clothes of one of the teenagers, who is standing atop a bridge. And then occurs the most horrific things ever. Someone puts the teen on fire, immediately after which the teen jumps off the bridge into water. That teen is followed by two others. The video clearly shows that these teens weren t being forced to do such a thing, it were, in all probabilities, planned and executed. Also Read - Mobile internet services suspended on Delhi borders till February 2

This isn t the first time someone has gone beyond belief to gain popularity on social media. Just a few months ago, a man in Chennai did a horrific stunt to claim some social media fame. Fortunately, his attempt bit him back, and he got attention, but the kinds where he was arrested by the cops for his act. A man from Chennai, brutally threw off a little puppy from a roof of a building, tapes it and then left the puppy howling in pain. But Karma caught up to him, when a manhunt began for him, with social media coming together to ensure he was arrested and punished for the cold blooded and heinous act.

A few days after the Chennai man incident, a group of youngsters from Hyderabad performed a similarly appalling stunt to become a trend on social media. These boys from Hyderabad, set three little puppies on fire, shot a video and uploaded it on the internet. In the video, the youngsters were seen tying the three puppies together with a little rope and then dragging them to a distance, while you can hear the little ones crying and howling in the background. They then used gunny sacks and dry sticks to make a fire and put the three puppies in it.

It is hard to believe the kind of impact social media can have on someone s psyche. While on one hand, social media is being used to promote great ideas, connect the world irrespective of geographical boundaries, on the other hand it is being used, by people like the ones mentioned above, as a tool to gain meaningless attention.

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  • Published Date: September 14, 2016 6:00 PM IST
  • Updated Date: September 14, 2016 6:05 PM IST



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