are we safe online?

These days ruining someone’s life is as easy as 123. With almost everything accomplished in a few clicks, your life can turn upside down in a blink.

To people who already have sociopath tendencies, the internet offers freedom and safety. This great 21st century invention has given them the feeling of being invincible. After all, as long as they target an average internet user who does not have the capacity or the means to trace them back, they can just easily get away with so many things.

Take for example the posers and the trolls. The low-life of the internet. Personally, I believe there is a thin line that separates them. They usually start as posers and then develop as trolls. However their life cycle begins and ends, they are the same type of people. The type that has nothing better to do with their lives. I don’t like describing as such but when it comes to these two types of internet dwellers, I will say without fear of contradiction that they are a waste of space.

What is a poser and what is a troll, you might ask.

Well, a poser is someone who pretends to be someone else. A low level identity thief. A poser can be found in any social media network, uses the name of a real or imagined person and pretends to be the that person. They will befriend all the victim’s friend, post all the victim’s photos and basically assume the life of the victim like some creepy, virtual doppelganger. I do not understand the reason behind it. It could be revenge for something the victim has done to them. It could be out of jealousy, boredom, or just because they can. They annoy the hell out everyone especially their victims and I wouldn’t call them harmless. It’s basically identity theft if you ask me.

A troll is a person who also pretends to be someone. They are the next level posers and are more dangerous. They usually come out in the wake of a tragedy. They will make comments that could rile up people. They would gloat, sneer and are happiest when they get into someone’s nerves. They are desperate attention-seekers who will do anything to get an attention even if the attention is on the persona they created and not directly to them. The worst thing is when they’re using someone’s identity, it is the other person whose life gets ruined in the process. You don’t need a deep-seated reason to be a troll. You just need to be a deprived individual who looks better in a straightjacket and you’re in.

I look at this people the same way I would look at shit in the middle of the road. They are disgusting. It is very easy to act so brave and impulsive when you are sitting behind your computer or smartphone, safe in your own home, hidden behind someone else’s name. After all, if things go bad, it is not your name that’s going to be ruined. You can just use another name and ruin another life. But what are you in real life? Again, a waste of space.

I know the best thing to do is ignore them but if you’re their victim, how could you? They have your name and your face. They can do a lot of things online and you are the one who gets blamed. Can you really just sit there and say, “nah, don’t mind them!”? Can you really sleep at night knowing that there is someone out there who’s using your name and could already be doing something with it? I know I won’t be. I’d probably do everything in my power to find out who this person is and make sure they pay for it.

But what can we really do about these people? Some countries have cyber laws but. Are those enough to protect us?

Sometimes, the internet feels like a separate world. A world where anything goes and with no clear laws to guide us, we can only rely on our own moral compass and common sense. Unfortunately, some of us have neither common sense nor moral compass. Add to this the nature of the internet and you get a world that is sometimes more scary and more frustrating than the physical world.

The cyberworld is as real as the physical world. The threats are real and so we must take it seriously. This is a world we have created. These are predators we unknowingly feed. We have to be vigilant. The danger is too real.

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This Anti-Social’s Guide to 2015 A.K.A Things I’ll Probably Not Do in 2015 A.K.A My New Year’s Resolution

Because why not? Anyone can have a new year’s resolution. Anyone is entitled to set a goal for the coming year. It is a new year after all. New hope, new chance.

I had one too last year and I don’t think I accomplished any of it. #LoserMuch. I am however a person who doesn’t easily give up, so I will try again this year.

So here are the things I’ll probably end up not doing in 2015:

1. I will minimize my soda consumption. Key word: “minimize” because “stop” is a rather strong word. I like to take things slowly.

2. Convince self that spending time with people is actually a good idea. And with spending time, I don’t mean just sitting there pretending I actually like the rest of humanity. I mean actually interacting with people not just absentmindedly nodding my head because I’m bored.

3. It is not good to imagine squishing people when they piss me off. This is so psycho and unhealthy. People are not ants. I will endeavor to find a more healthy stress relieving activity.

4. Accept that some of my friends are becoming more and more social zombies than actual human beings. I promise I will not silently imagine grabbing their phones and smacking them with it when they invite me out and then spend the whole time browsing their phones. However, I will keep my promise to avoid (as much as possible) spending time with my phone or gadget when in public (except when I’m really pissed because without a diversion it’s going to be bloody). I will remind myself that if I would rather spend time with my phone, I’d better stay in my room instead. It will be more economical and practical.

TL;DR: Some friends are social zombies, leave them be. If you go out and spend time on your phone, stay at home.

5. Facebook is nice but I will spend more time with my blog. Instead of post-flooding my friends’ newsfeed and annoying everyone with every single post, I will exercise my brain and put more effort on my blog. This way, they just have to read one really long post and be annoyed once. Alright?

6. We are in the 21st Century and SMS is already the trend, it has been so for more than 10 years now. So, I will do my best to respond to people when they send a text message. I will respond promptly and actually read their message instead of just checking the push notification and forgetting about the message until a week or two after. I will remind myself that I am now using SMS not snail mail.

TL;DR: Will text back in 2015. 🙂

7. I will not ignore calls even if I am in the middle of a game. I will not leave the phone ringing until the person gets tired of calling. Or at least if I actually notice the phone ringing. ( My phone is always on silent mode. I hate the sound of a ringing phone.)

8. Being honest is not always good. Even if it is a very exhausting thing to tell people a white lie to spare their overly sensitive feelings, I will do my best to do so because it is easier to ‘spare their feelings’ than endure the drama that follows. I still think people these days are overly insecure and sensitive that anything you say or do hurt their feelings.

TL; DR: Be less honest when answering questions in 2015. Apparently when someone asks you if they look fat, it is not good to say yes.

9. Find something better to do than play online games on rest days. Volunteer or something. ( I volunteer to sleep and eat more in 2015. Will this count?)

10. Since my first instinct is to laugh in the face of really serious situations, I will train myself to react appropriately to a situation i.e but not limited to, laughing at people when they are arguing and laughing when someone is crying. Even if things always seem 10x funnier when the situation is so serious, laughing at the most inappropriate moments is still considered rude by the general society. It is not normal and it is very insensitive. So, I will do my best to behave accordingly. So help me God.


I cannot promise that I can fulfill everything but I will do my best. I will make it my mission to be a sociable, well-mannered woman in 2015. LOL.

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Stories from other places (as read from BBC)

I always read BBC online and sometimes, it’s the only thing that keeps me sane in an otherwise stressful and mentally challenging environment. I read news from all over the world, get touched by heart-wrenching news features, amazed by travelogues and of course keep up with this ever changing world.

The last two days however, I found my self amused by some newsbits.

There’s the “Solo Weddings” from Japan which I’m still trying to see the point of. Then I read of how Russian collection agents now take pets hostage to get payments from debtors (at least that’s how I understood it). Meanwhile in China, they are now producing fake police officers which prompts the question, what else is not counterfeit in China? Speaking of China, I read in one news article that one place in China is burning old and damaged currency instead of coal to produce electricity. Definitely intriguing.

Anyway, from China, let’s go to it’s neighbor North Korea. I never really paid much attention to the Sony hack but when I read the headline that says that NK had an internet blackout I was surprised. I am not surprised that North Korea had an internet blackout. I am more surprised that they have an internet connection. I mean, THEY HAVE AN INTERNET CONNECTION? Do North Koreans know? More importantly, has Kim Jong Un ever seen 9gag?

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