Back in my teen years there was no Facebook. No immediate social interaction with boys across the country, or globe. At the most you could be pen pals, remember those?
But if you didn’t like them anymore, or moved on to the next pen pal romance…..no big deal. Just stop writing. This was the 80’s.
Facebook completely changed things. You have immediate connections. Friends in common. Pictures to peruse and many, many other crush worthy items from her bio, to music, to interests. She likes silly bandz, she likes COOKING, she likes Hot Topic, and the mall. We are just alike….I Facebook HEART her. The boy creeps hard on her page, and her online hangouts. They can be from the same town, school, or even from across the country; like New Jersey.
From the Facebook platform communication can progress to text messaging, chat, and skype.
Then, when a teenage girl decides she doesn’t like a crushing boy. How does she lose this creep? It’s very similar to my day. Just stop
texting skyping chatting talking facebooking. Simple.
Not so simple for him. He is still crushing on his Facebook teen idol.
Her. My daughter.
But she has moved on and is not looking back.
Teenage angst ensues.
And you would think that is the end. Crush over. He moves on.
See, Facebook gives you the option of listing your PARENTS on your Facebook page and if there is one thing a teenage crushing boy knows is his stalked’s page forwards and backwards (because he creeps it).
The boy emails the mom. In this case, ME.
And what could he possibly say?
He says, “Sydney is in a bad place and is cutting herself.”
Oh, and please don’t tell her he sent me a Facebook message. He is just trying to
get her in trouble save her.
I’ll admit, I had a bit of angst myself. Did I know my child? Was she EMO? Was I missing something? Was I completely freakin’ BLIND?
This girl cries from a scratch that doesn’t break the skin. She points, and points to a tiny mark. I squint to see it but can’t. Mooommmm, it hurts. What hurts? I can’t see a thing!
Cutting? I don’t think so.
But I did learn something. Teenage crushes snuffed on Facebook cause great ANGST.
It was pretty sneaky to facebook message the parent listed on her page. But, I didn’t fall for it. And he is soooo busted. Please, move on to your next
victim crush. Sydney is just fine.
I don’t just Facebook with her. I live with her.
I know I sound old, but my how times have changed….
See what others are saying about angst on Mama Kat’s Losin it writer’s workshop.
Prompt 2) Angsty