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Fatal Friendship

The cult of 'bff' ... Young people like to use social media to show off their best friends. But sometimes they take dangerous risks in their quest to document the depth of their feelings.

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Research by a cultural studies expert on the role of social media in friendships between girls revealed that they like to take photos of themselves against unusual backdrops - train tracks, for example, in order to symbolize their shared journey into the future. Two months ago, two girls in Germany died after being hit by a freight train.