Wednesday, 15 September 2010


When people say,
'One of my Facebook friends,' what do they mean? I mean, do people have friends on Facebook who aren't real life friends? I mean, I certainly have a few people as friends on Facebook that I've never met in real life, but the friendships didn't start, nor are they dependant on, Facebook.
So what pray, is a 'Facebook friend'?

Yesterday, I read an article about a different kind of friend and a different kind of friendship, 'mate hate'. Evil monsters who befriend the learning disabled in order to take advantage of them.
In 2007, a young man was murdered by such a group. They tortured and humiliated him for over a year, and then forced him to take 70 Paracetamol, on its own enough to destroy his liver several times over, then hung him off a viaduct and stamped on his hands until he fell to his death. Every time I think about it, I'm overwhelmed with sorrow and disgust.


Gail said...

I'm friends with my yoga instructor on facebook and wouldn't consider us "friends" outside of facebook. Strangely, she is also friends with two of my friends but she's never actually met either of them. She just liked some of their posts and asked to be their friend. She's a serious facebooker. Meanwhile, I find myself de-friending more than friending. I think "facebook friend" is a legitimate term and really means they're your "friend" on facebook but not in real life.

Schneewittchen said...

Thanks Gail :)