aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

The Web connects even people that maybe shouldn’t be connected

Okay, I can see the downsides of Web cams. Or of being stalked on the Web. Or stumbling across porn or having your computer turned into a zombie. But until I read this article, I hadn’t thought of the downside of Web-based support groups.

It begins, “For years they lived in solitary terror of the light beams that caused searing headaches, the technology that took control of their minds and bodies. They feared the stalkers, people whose voices shouted from the walls or screamed in their heads, “We found you” and “We want you dead.” When people who believe such things reported them to the police, doctors or family, they said they were often told they were crazy. Sometimes they were medicated or locked in hospital wards, or fired from jobs and isolated from the outside world. But when they found one another on the Internet, everything changed. So many others were having the same experiences.”

Read more here.

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