Although most of us understand this, we still scroll through our friends’ feeds and accept the information as truth.If our friend is seemingly always out to dinner with their girlfriend, eating trendy food and smiling together, we often assume that’s the full story and that they’re truly as happy as they appear.To young people, this stuff matters a great deal, and yet there are no regular answers for behavioral questions.
Twitter still has a notoriously lenient process as far as removing trolls (specifically Nazis) from its platform, so one teenager saying nasty things about their ex isn’t likely to register on the platform’s radar.
Polarizing questions posed at the summit included whether it’s okay to make a meme or joke online about one’s ex; some kids told facilitators it was okay “if it’s funny”, confirming that making popular content (aka dank memes) can override their partner’s wishes (aka “please don’t post shit about me to your followers”).
Should you screenshot old texts and DMs with your ex and publish them?
And what about when you’re in a relationship — if your partner doesn’t want to make it “Facebook official”, do you have the right to be upset?
Teens at the Summit pointed out that this is part of the #relationshipgoals fallacy; that happy couples have somehow succeeded at something that single people haven’t.
Toiell Washington, an intern with the Start Strong program (which facilitated a workshop at the Summit), told , “I think especially adults think that teen relationships aren’t serious, and therefore they feel like stuff like abuse doesn’t go on in teen relationships, and it actually does.” Our society has immense trouble with discovering and prosecuting emotional and physical domestic abuse, so it stands to reason that teenage abuse between partners, which can happen largely online, is too ephemeral for authorities to fully grasp.
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We were both far each other when we first started chatting, he was in England and I was working in Saudi Riyadh at that time.