An Indian teenager reportedly hanged herself over the weekend because of her poor performance at school due to her smartphone and K-pop music video addiction.
Jeevamohan J.S., a 16-year-old student from the town of Vettiyara in the Indian state of Kerala, was found dead inside her bedroom at around 1 p.m. on Saturday.
After she failed to show up for lunch, her family reportedly felt that something was off. With help from their neighbors, they broke her window pane and bedroom door to locate her. She was discovered hanging from her ceiling fan.
The teenager was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Authorities later found a three-page suicide note in her bedroom detailing that she had become addicted to her smartphone amid the COVID-19 lockdown.
After going to school, Jeevamohan would reportedly watch K-pop music videos on YouTube. She said in her suicide note that she was depressed because of her addiction and lack of friends.
“In her suicide letter, she claimed to have found it difficult to withdraw from her addiction,” Faroz I., a Kallambalam station house officer, said.
Jeevamohan, who was a high-performing student at SKV High School, was reportedly distraught after performing poorly on a recent test.
Authorities also found that she was not frequently active on social media and that she was not addicted to mobile gaming.
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