Imagine scrolling through the interwebs and stumbling across an article about your friend’s new beau. You read it. Thoroughly.
Now imagine as you look through the article, you read something that doesn’t sound quite right. Your friend’s new boyfriend is actually already engaged…
This is exactly what happened to Australian radio newsreader, Emma Freedman. And she’s written about it to shed light on the obsession we have with ‘social media stalking’.
"Here's a little wakeup call to anyone out there pining over a beautiful man (or woman) and dreaming up wildly romantic fantasies about a future life together. Warning: they might be engaged," she wrote on news.com.au.
In her article Freedman explains that this is a story about her friend 'Belle'. Belle isn't her friend's real name but she chose to use it in the article for good reason.
"Because she is exactly that, a belle; an attractive, charming and popular young lass with the world at her feet," Freedman wrote.
Emma explains the situation; she says that her friend was dating a guy who she really liked. He was attractive, smart, had a great job (too good to be true?). Freedman admitted that Belle liked to stalk guys she was seeing, and this new guy, who is referred to as 'LeMoron', was no different. Belle dug deep.
LeMoron and Belle had discussed their dating history on previous dates. Both had taken a backseat from the dating scene for a while until now, apparently. It all seemed to be going perfectly.
But then Freedman explains she received a text from Belle with a link to an article about the new beau. Belle was admiring how attractive he was. Freedman read the article and was shocked. Freedman then asked Belle if she had actually read the article. Belle admited she was too distracted by his photo and had only read the beginning.