Okay, so knowing one of the teens involved, I have this to say about her: she’s smart, she’s got talent, she’s very pretty, and she’s stronger than she thinks.
Yet she participates in shit like this (she’s the “sharer,” so I whited out her name and photo, along with he name and photo in the “tag this person?” request that Facebook does for whatever reason…I also whited out the “last name” of the OP of the photo, who is shown in this composite, BTW, so they’re participating in this madness, as well as instigating it):
Note my comment…and that it’s the only one, after this had been up for 8 hours (it was posted at around 6am, from my estimation, on a Saturday).
I recognized some of these folks from the girl I know’s page, and I know they’re into the ‘scene’ and ‘emo’ stuff. I know the differences between the two, but I also know there are some overlaps, and that some of these kids engage in self-harm.
I ALSO know that this kind of behavior encourages self-harm.
Why in the hell would you put yourself in a ranking system with your “friends’ to see who’s prettiest? The hearts in the messages just make it worse…it’s like “just sayin’” after you insult someone.
I know it’s “none of my business,” but when you’ve just posted this PUBLICLY, you’ve made it my business.
If you’re wondering why I haven’t blurred any of the teens’ faces, well, they want to be judged, I’m going to do just that: YOU’RE ALL BEAUTIFUL. YOU ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO CONTRIBUTE. The fact that you care what other people think of you means you have the potential to be wonderful individuals, so STOP bringing each other down to try to prop yourself up. You’re going to get hurt, regardless, and hurting others to make yourself feel better WILL eventually backfire on you, if not immediately (as it often does with teens). Being hurt so that someone else can be “queen” or “king” is going to make you resent people you thought were your friends, and ultimately, everyone’s going to end up miserable.
But as Lavar Burton (before your time) says, “don’t take MY word for it.” Go ahead and play your game. Just don’t be surprised if, when it’s over, you all feel like crap.