While social media is great for keeping in touch with friends, it is also an easy place to verbally attack others. It can be very strange, particularly because the people often do not know each other in real life.
A photo, with the title “The most curved Facebook Stars 2013”, has received a lot of attention recently on Facebook. It includes four candidates’ photos with short descriptions of each account user describing their backgrounds. The picture has received 1,155 likes and 515 shares.
The first picture is a man named Chea Cheng, whose nickname is listed as the “most charismatic college student”. The second picture is Peypeyly and has been described as an immoral example for the Cambodian youth to follow. The third picture is a Vietnamese girl who has openly challenged Cambodian people on Facebook and has received verbal attacks in response. The last picture is the girl who was upset with her breakup and told on Facebook about trying to committed suicide, but was rescued by her family.
UnFlock Love commented: “They all want to be famous!”
And Chamnab Toch said: “Facebook stars that people scold to the most…!”
There are also people who do not like the edited photos and blamed the users for posting them. Chan Son Charly said: “Making fun of other people reputation and problem like that, will you all be happy if the 4th girl committed suicide again? Please think carefully before you post such a thing for fun and put yourself in other’s shoes, this is just too much.”
Chaily Up also commented: “This is so unethical to push others to the edge instead of helping them.”
Cjseven Kakalonely commented according to her personal experience: “I don’t want to criticize you or anything, but you shouldn’t compare yourself to others like that. You have never been hurt like me but when you have experienced this you will know how we feel. I hope you will be like me soon, and please speak Khmer correctly”.
These photos and the accompanying text might just be jokes, and those who like the pictures might just think they are funny. But the people in the photos might not think this is so funny. It is better to put yourself in others’ shoes before deciding to do such things.