A 13-year old girl in Missouri committed suicide after being harassed over popular social networking site MySpace. The city has outlawed electonic media harassment as a crime. But it turns out that the online friend was fictitious person! Read the report in Houston Chronicles, LA Times, and ABC News.
Internet hoax, cyberbullying, virtual blackmails etc are new problems of the new world. Can online relationships be held to same standards as real ones? What if it was her depression that led to suicide? Can online chat lead people to extreme step of taking their own lives?
Many are forging relationships quickly over social networking sites. Many are quickly breaking up also. Does virtual break ups hurts as much as real life ones? Are kids learning more about relationships virtually or are they destroying themselves? How do we balance between virtual and real world?