A lady wrote to me to tell me about her daughter’s Facebook addiction and how it has ruined her life. This girl is 15 and evidently now in high school the entire social agenda revolves around FB and texting. Girls who are ‘in’ have pages, pictures, lots of friends, and checks in regularly throughout the day. But when one girl wrote some nasty things about another it went viral. This woman’s daughter’s reputation was destroyed in about 30 minutes. A photo of the girl naked on the toilet, a prank shot taken at a sleepover of all girls, was texted throughout the school. The girl went into a suicidal depression and is now in therapy. Such a sad story and we all have heard it before. Thank GOD this girl is alive and getting help. But the mother told me that she should have done more to stop her daughter’s FB addiction. That she began about 13 and was on it constantly updating and checking in.
Are we losing reality on the web? I am seriously thinking about all of this. And let me tell you I have loved the internet for so long but it is taking a nasty and scary twist. When I started HHC five years ago the web world was a different place. People came for support and knowledge. Now people come on for validation and friendship.
It is wonderful to speak to other women about life but life is real and this internet world is not. We are mature and can hopefully control what we do on here but your young tweens cannot. They are engaging in fake friendships and conversation with people who may not have the best intentions.
I know people who have over 1500 FB friends. In real life they have maybe 5 friends. Then their relatives. So who are these people? Friends of friends of friends. Cousins of husbands of girlfriends? Why? Why befriend someone you don’t know? It is just silly isn’t it?