It's no big secret that some people create fake persona's on line. Hello, we've been hearing about it since the beginning of the great world wide web. AOL chat rooms, ICU2, Myspace, Facebook. The names of the most popular hangouts change but the people that frequent them don't! Some are there for entertainment, to connect with others who share the same interests. Others hoping to find love, still others just needing someone to listen. It's a great way to reach out, stay in touch and meet new people.
The purpose of this blog is NOT to warn people about "fake" identities or hateful people. Hell, open your newspaper or turn on your TV, it's big news. Or sign on to any social media and witness it for yourself. It happens constantly. It's a shitty fact of life and it's not going to change. Ever! You can't change people, but you can make sure they don't change you!
So what have I learned in all the craziness over the last several months you ask? Well....If I don't want the world to know about it, I won't type it, privately or publicly. I've learned that it is important to conduct myself responsibly, with discretion and smarts while online. That NO ONE has control over me. They can't make me say or do anything. Sure they can try, they can push and antagonize but they can't MAKE me. Only I have that power. If I don't like what someone has to say, there is this really cool feature called "unfriend" and another button on my keyboard that come in quite handy called, "delete."
Now as an adult, I get it! Mom wasn't saying that I couldn't defend myself, but if I stooped to her level and slung back ugly hateful words, than I was no better. I finally learned to be a bit more diplomatic in my "defense" and on more than one occasion I have to say, I actually enjoyed the glares mys sister threw my way as she stood in the corner, but not as much as the cookie I munched on from my spot on the couch :)
Be good to each other!