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My Love-Hate Relationship With the Internet

Okay, so almost a month had gone by and I still hadn’t posted a thing, right? I know. What kind of blogger I am?

Anyway, enough of that. I know that there’s no excuse. And I know that you’re wondering about the story behind all these. Actually, I resigned to my good old job as a copywriter and I am now a *drum roll: badumm tsss* Content Promotions Specialist in the busy city of Makati. And this is the start of my realization of the love-hate relationship I have with the internet.

I was born in the year that computers are owned only by the upper class people. As the years grow by and I am growing older, computers evolved and I was raised in the era of the Internet. I remember Friendster and its fall in 2010-2011. It was awful, because I really loved the customization feature of that particular social networking site. I even spent hours choosing the best background photo and editing my layout and testimonials. Then came the reign of Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites.

I love the internet. And if you’re my follower on twitter, you already know how many times I’ve said that statement. Just a few weeks ago, I’m fond of Stumbleupon and of learning codes in codecademy. Internet opens new horizons and it offers a lot of learning tool. With the internet, you have no limitations and the possibilities are endless. I can basically learn a lot of things and I’m happy with that.

But here’s the bad part. A week before I leave my former company, I learned about the story of Kathleen Hale and Blythe Harris. I know that the story is a year old but it piqued my curiosity because of the headline about Goodreads. (Oh my, I loved Goodreads!) And I learned about all the lies and pretensions of both parties in catfishing each other. Goodreads is supposed to be a good site for readers like me. But it turns out to be a bullying arena headed by people with dummy accounts.

And then, I worked as a Content Promotions Specialist. I learned everything. How people catfished and how it brings them joy to be accepted in a community as a different person, without all their past mistakes. I have two dummy accounts for promotions, and though it made me sick sometimes, I accepted it because this is my job. I realized that people behind anonymous or dummy accounts have mouths to feed, or self-esteem to nourish. But even if you have created another world through your alter ego in the cyberworld, it ‘s still not okay to bully someone or to stalk someone.

Nothing’s perfect in this world after all, and it made me relieved that the oh-so-perfect Internet is not so perfect, because some people are abusing it, because it’s a very powerful tool and as we all know, with great power comes great responsibility.



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