I wish to confess; it’s something I did that was a burden for quite some time this week. In a response to trying to make someone feel better, I was responded with absolute negativity. Though my condolences was not the best, the person I was talking with failed to interpret the bigger picture. There’s a large amount of miscommunication and misunderstanding lurking online, through text and DMs and through posts and comments. The bottom line is that your friends, especially the ones online, as much as they say they trust you... understand that the internet isn’t the best place to trust people in general. Let’s face it, meeting friends online can be a hit or a miss. One moment you may realize that you love a friend online and the next they can get away with saying anything they want to your face. The solution I came up with... take everything anyone texts you with a grain of salt. Ultimately, your in-control of how you manage what people say. How they said it lies within your mind, and unless you can read their mind through a tablet or smart device, there’s no way to determine exactly how something was said. Friends I had in real life and even friends online will often times say something that doesn’t seem right... or, the tables may turn, and I may something that doesn’t seem right. But the truth of the matter is that our voice is our voice, not what we type to other people. Socializing face to face is completely different than socializing screen to screen. This may be a bit controversial, but my opinion on dating online is rather complicated. I don’t support it- after seeing people date online on multiple occasions, I’ve only seen it succeed less than 1% of the time. Then even in real life, I’m seeing people I know date online and there’s a lot wrong with what I see. I’m here to spread positivity, not slander- as much as I’d like to go into detail, I think it’s better for me to say this: be careful with people you meet online. Take insults people say with a grain of salt. Don’t give into manipulation or miscommunication. If they’re your friend and it’s meant to be, then I’m sure it’ll work out, no doubt about that!!