Dark Side Of The ‘net.. How Facebook Started A War!

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Recently I had the privilege of watching as a declaration of war emanated from my living room. Granted, it was a small-scale conflict, but not for the participants.

When you’re eleven every battle is World War Three.

It all started innocently enough, with a sleepover. One of the little rugrats decided to check her Facebook status, (Anyone remember when young girls would do each other’s hair or talk about teen idols and swap clothes?). Now they have long discussions about whether or not Selena Gomez or Demi Lovato are dating a Jonas spawn.

And they check Facebook. It’s all about Facebook status.

But what happens when someone deletes you from their Facebook Friend list? All heck breaks loose , that’s what.

And so, an hour-long chat broke out, but that degenerated into “You’re so mean!” and “So-and-so doesn’t really like you!” (By the way, So-and-so never likes anyone, they’re sooo cranky.)

After the futility of the cyber-chat was acknowledged, the girls turned to the old standby: the original gossip device – the phone. More girls are recruited, sides are picked and plans are drawn up for the inevitable schoolyard showdown the next morning.

All from my living room. All with the click of a mouse.

The world-wide web was intended to bring people together; to overcome geographical and ideological barriers. We must now accept that in the light of the ‘net there are shadows. And in those shadows are millions of little conflicts just waiting to erupt. They may not seem like much at first glance, but remember;

When you’re eleven, every day is the most important day of your life.

Until next time, this is The Hook imploring you, please watch your kids. They need you.

About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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4 Responses to Dark Side Of The ‘net.. How Facebook Started A War!

  1. LilacDebs says:

    I’ve a teenage daughter – been there, done that. Nuff said!!

  2. writernubbin says:

    girl drama! I’m glad I raised boys–before the internet.

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