Are interactions on social networks "real?" PART II

Karla - posted on 01/22/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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It sounds as though everyone who responded to my first thread considers their on-line contacts as "real."



So, the next questions:



Have you encountered anyone who said it doesn't matter what they say on-line because it's not real?



And, if you have, how do you respond?





I have seen this comment in a couple locations, but I have yet to formulate my own response; usually someone beats me to it.

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Johnny - posted on 01/22/2012

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I don't respond. I ignore those people. I have noticed that they are generally trying to mess with people by playing the "disinterested observer" while really actually screwing purposefully with the emotions of others. It is best just not to fall into that trap in the first place and giving them the satisfaction. Easier said than done though. Those types know how to make comments that lure others in.

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Carolee - posted on 01/23/2012

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I usually say something like, "Just because it doesn't matter to you does not mean it doesn't matter to somebody else."

Karla - posted on 01/22/2012

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Johnny, that's basically how I've been reacting as well. I'm so taken aback by the comment that I don't know what to say. And the comment seems so ridiculous that I wonder if anything I say would persuade the writer (a real person mind you!) that what one does and says on the Internet is real and affects other real people.

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