Things that make internet a scary place

I was going to think of an opening paragraph but I couldn’t so here is the list… [No I am not trying to be ‘unintentionally’ funny, I really couldn’t!]

5) Creepy stalkers

If you think creepy stalkers are only the stuff of Hollywood movies, think again. Funnily Hollywood has now romanticized the notion of being a stalker, what with Edward watching Bella as she sleeps? *SHUDDERS*

But I am not talking about Edward nor am I talking about the kind of stalkers who from time to time leak nudies of celebrities like Scarlett Johansson, which by the way we all know you immensely enjoyed! and the multibillion porn industry thanks you for your pervy pursuits!

I am talking about real life murderous stalkers like this guy who killed his EX girlfriend (which she obviously was for a reason, you psycho!) because he couldn’t tolerate her posting pictures of herself with her new boyfriend on Facebook.

Now, I am not saying that social networking sites are bad but keep your personal information to yourself and if your ex shows murderous tendencies then block him/her.

4) Scams

Although, people are aware that internet scams are abound, an alarming number of people still manage to get conned.

I, for one, never believed that anyone could fall for or for that matter even be using the ‘Oh! I sent you a cheque for more than what you asked for, now please transfer the rest through Western Union’ trick until someone tried to do it to me! Even sent me the cheque! If you think something is amiss then run a google search about the scam. Most sites like Craigslist do have a scam warning section.By the way Craigslist,between you and I, you are one of the spammiest websites I have ever seen!

3) Pedophiles 

When it comes to creepy and bizzare people, internet has seen more than it’s fair share but what I still fail to comprehend is why would adults want to molest kids. Just talking about it makes me shudder and makes me want to throw up!

While Herbert the Pervert is all funny and fine and dandy, the real life pedophiles are more like this guy.

2) Internet gaming = dying babies?

Whoever would have thought that this was even remotely possible! In 2010, a couple in South Korea neglected their 3 month old daughter while they raised an e-child in a game. And the nominees for the parents of the year award are…

And the number 1 reason that makes internet a scary scary place is… 

1) Children having access to the internet

Back in high school, a friend of mine introduced me to a mildly violent internet game (I can’t recall the name) and when you logged on to the site they asked you whether you were 18 years of age or above. The first time I logged in I was terrified (not because of the sh*tty effects but due to the age restriction), I even contemplated asking my mom for permission!

However, that’s not the case these days and parents, if you honestly think your little ones are online just playing Ben 10 games and listening to Polly Pocket then boy are you mistaken!

I have taught a couple of kids and their normal way of talking goes something like this…

I wish I could say this was the case with just one or two children but sadly it isn’t. Talking like that may still be ok. after all, what do I know I am just an old lady stuck in the body of a 24 year old. However, these kids are a target of all the perverts and pedophiles lurking in the dark and the not so dark corners (twitter) of the internet and though the kids may believe that cursing and swearing makes them all grown up (after all adults do it!) they really are kids!

And believe you me they can go to crazy extents to look cool amongst their peers!

Don’t believe me? Just log on to twitter or tumblr and explore the world of pre teens 🙂

So what’s on your list?

Technolo-geez!

Konichiwa!

Cyber M-O-N-D-A-Y! what did you get?

I didn’t get much except a very very awesome deal from tofugu to learn Japanese. It’s called textfugu and if you want to learn Japanese I suggest that you should check it out. Of course I am using some other sources to learn Japanese too and if you need help just let me know!

Tofugu offers some free lessons as well. Over the next few weeks I will do some reviews to help others. However, I think it’s going to be positive and no Tofugu isn’t paying me to do this.

There was a lot of stuff that I wanted to buy but I didn’t need it and hence I decided against it. One of my goals for this month and next year is to do my bit to reduce the crazy consumerism. While modern life has provided us with a lot of comforts (God bless the people who came up with the dishwasher and the laundry machine!) we need to minimize if not curb unnecessary consumerism.

Also, I got a call regarding a job interview today and yes I was delighted but before calling me the HR manager dropped me an email so that I could get in touch with her. However, when I tried to call her, the call kept getting transferred to the voicemail. The HR manager had explicitly stated in her email that if I don’t call her by today, then they won’t reschedule the interview (it was a telephonic interview). Since, I was unable to get through to her I dropped her an email asking her about what I should do in such a situation. She replied immediately and wrote a 2 page long email regarding the importance of leaving voice messages (which for the record i did). Hmmm did she really think that I didn’t know how to leave a message?

Not only that, she called me after an hour or so and lectured me on the importance of voice mail. GOD! I knew better than to argue but it was annoying!

Has this ever happened to you?

And if you are learning Japanese do get in touch with me, I am currently trying to find people I can learn with. Moreover, would you like me to start another sub section to help people learn Japanese? Let me know!

Oh and here is a list of things that put the geez in technology!