One other issue we have with the online community is that of powerful gossip. The assumption being, no one on Facebook is actually real so, anything I say about them won’t really cause any harm. Not to forget, I read it on Facebook so it has to be true, no smoke without fire.
Yes, we’re talking here about that sort of person whose on life is so destroyed, so fake, so uneventful that they will sacrifice anyone to appear popular and I do mean ‘anyone’ including their own friends and family.
If there is a juicy bit of gossip to share which ‘bigs them up’ then they will share it even when they know it isn’t true.
Often this isn’t malicious, they mean no harm, they just feel that because this person isn’t that persons friend on Facebook that they’ll never know so it doesn’t matter. Many have totally forgotten there is a real world out there where people might actually talk to each other and ,,,
You see, it doesn’t matter how good we are, how hard we try to be the right sort of person, it only takes one thoughtless person to start or perpetuate a rumour and we’ve totally lost our reputation. If one bad person makes something up about us and then posts it online that news will spread out so quickly we can’t hope to stop it. In the meantime, the first person to say it apologises and has deleted all evidence but, the damage is done.
Sadly, there is no way to stop this. Those hell bent on destroying others to give their own life meaning or some other personal gain just do not care. All that matters is them and how popular they can make themselves.
If you hear someone tell you they got something from a reliable source that someone else you know did this that or the other, please, tell them to go do one!
This isn’t overly specific by the way, just one of my all too often happening experiences.