20 March, 2016. 12:34
ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact
POLICE are investigating the death of a Melbourne man after he was found dead at his Docklands office this morning.
The man’s death is being treated as suspicious as he reportedly accidentally “liked” an image of a female co-worker in her swimsuit from five years ago.
The female at the centre of the controversy has over 1800 photographs of herself on Facebook, prompting allegations that the man was “cyber-stalking” her.
Detectives discovered on the man’s Facebook “activity log” that he liked a photo from an album named “BALI.twenty.oh.nine<3” just minutes before being found unresponsive by co-workers.
Accidentally “liking” images on social media is extremely traumatising for young people – especially if they find themselves doing it while “extremely deep” in a person’s photo library.
This latest tragedy follows another social-media related death after a Brisbane man was found to have “poked” the ex-girlfriend of his best mate during a binge-drinking session at The Church nightclub in Fortitude Valley.
After being confronted by his best mate, the 24-year-old Bulimba man simply walked out on to the footpath, groaned loudly then suddenly collapsed – he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Experts have suggested that these men were “mortified to the point of death” – a phenomenon which is growing rapidly in the digital age.
Cyber-stalking has become a popular activity among young professionals as it can cut down the time it takes to get to know a person.
Dr Gregory Fresnen from the RMIT Psychological Research team says that young people are turning to social media in record numbers as it’s becoming increasing difficult for young people to hold a physical conversation.
“Social media websites like Facebook and Instagram are a treasure chest of personal information,” he said.
“For example, people list what music and movies they like,”
“That information could be used to initiate a conversation and perhaps help build a rapport,”
“That’s the cold reality of what the world has been reduced to – young men scrolling through bikini photos of a girl they’ve just met. In the dark.”