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Cast Your Vote:

    • I have lied to make my life seem better -- Votes: 11
    • I have lied to make my life seem worse for sympathy/attention -- Votes: 1
    • I have never lied, but I have exaggerated -- Votes: 40
    • I have never lied about anything -- Votes: 114
lacTAYtor. ☮ 3 kids; North Carolina 4496 posts
29th Jul

<blockquote><b>Quoting FroggysMommy:</b>" Nope, not on here, but was online. I was a part of an "Aol Reg" chat room group, we were like a family. ... [snip!] ... else made up. It was crazy. So when people say "People dont go to extremes to make up lives online!" Yes... yes they do!"</blockquote>




Okay, so...wow. :shock: That is so crazy and scary, my gosh!

FroggysMommy 1 child; Golden, Colorado 26139 posts
30th Jul

Yeah seriously, it was insane. Every so often I wonder if she is still lurking on Lindsays page and taking her pics and making up a fake life... like this girl was older than me so she was early to mid 20's and doing this for years... something was seriously wrong with her head.

user banned Lesbos, Greece 95211 posts
30th Jul
Quoting Back to Noob Status:" I see a lot of people "rosy" up their lives here on their profile, proclaiming to have "great" husbands ... [snip!] ... I think a lot of people exaggerate how great their life story is. I, on the other hand, have never had any reason to lie. "


I joke about my kids being heathens and some days, they really are. :x



But mostly they're good so I keep them.

Simply, Mom 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Upland, 11670 posts
30th Jul

<blockquote><b>Quoting Slytherin Saffy:</b>" I joke about my kids being heathens and some days, they really are. :x But mostly they're good so I keep them."</blockquote>




lol.



oh come on now liar liar ;)



I like the new AVI ... I know it isnt super new but hey lol

The Masochism Tango 1 child; New York 108 posts
30th Jul
Quoting FroggysMommy:" Nope, not on here, but was online. I was a part of an "Aol Reg" chat room group, we were like a family. ... [snip!] ... else made up. It was crazy. So when people say "People dont go to extremes to make up lives online!" Yes... yes they do!"

Annnnd this is why I won't give so much as my real name out online, let alone my picture or other details.



Back when I was pregnant, I was a member of another site. I was on the DDC for my month. Made great friendships and several of them spilled over into real life and are still friends today.



I befriended a girl, we'll call her "1." I thought 1 was a teenager expecting her first child. She seemed to need someone to talk to and I felt sorry for her, I liked her personality and wanted to be there for her. We talked for hours online and then I got her phone number so that we could let each other know if either of us went into labor or so she could call me if she needed anything. She called on me like one would call on an older sister for advice on everything from pregnancy nutrition to relationship woes (of course she had many of those). Nearly every day we talked.



Then another friend, who we'll call 2 (who I had met IRL as we lived near each other) had her baby, 12.5 weeks premature. The baby was very sick, like hanging on by a thread for the first 2 weeks sick. 2 and I became closer because we lived so close and I helped her out a lot in those first weeks. 1 and I still talked but she was noticeably cooler to me, more reserved and seemed almost jealous of 2.



I sent her (1) a gift and didn't get much of a response. Phoned her one day and asked if she'd gotten it and she acted surprised but then recovered quickly with, "Yeah, thanks. It's really cute." Then she changed the subject. I decided to ignore my suspicions that she never really received anything at all, since what I sent her wasn't particularly cute. It was a breast pump, I knew she couldn't afford it herself and that she wanted to breastfeed while going to school, so I had sent it as a surprise to the address I'd found for her parents after a bit of snooping on WhitePages. She wasn't listed, but as a minor in her parents' house, why would she be?



Then the house of cards started to fall. 1 went into labor, 13 weeks before her due date and on her 18th birthday no less, and 3 weeks after "2" had had such a similar event. She called me from the hospital many times. She updated the board constantly. I rationalized it away, as many others did, as that she was stuck in the hospital with a sick baby she couldn't even hold, she had to do SOMETHING to fill her time. Many of us rallied around her. But another friend (we'll call her 3) had been suspicious all along and had told me as much in private, both before and after the horrible premature birth and baby's struggle. I had gotten irritated with her and still insisted on giving 1 the benefit of the doubt, since I'd talked to her on the phone and she certainly sounded genuine. Who would fake being 17, pregnant, and stuck living with woefully unsupportive parents, after all? Besides, I had a master's degree! Being duped by fakers online was for the elderly and the stupid, on par with those who wire money to the Nigerian prince.



After 1's baby was born so premature just after 2's baby had, 3 led a small faction of the board bent on outing 1 as a faker. She got 1's full name from another member and called all the hospitals in the area 1 claimed to be from, only to hear time and time again, "There's no one here by that name," and "we haven't had a baby born under 30 weeks here in x weeks/months."



I still held onto the hope that it was all a mix-up and I really wasn't that dumb. I called 1 one last time. We talked, mostly about how horrible and unfair it was that those big bullies on the board were daring to question her and her precious little fighter's struggle for life. I felt sick as I lulled her into a sense of security that I was still on her side, before I finally bit the bullet and asked the million dollar question: was that gift I sent coming in handy? She stammered for a second and then said, "It's wonderful, but he's too small to use it of course."



One can only hope that 27-weeker would be too small to use a breast pump. :roll:



That's when I came out to 3 with all my evidence, and grovelled for her forgiveness after I'd called her a rather unsavory term in defense of poor, persecuted 1. The board turned on her in full, she got banned, and we did some super-sleuthing. We found out 1's real identity and that she WAS a teenager, DID go to the HS she said, and WAS in the area she claimed, but that everything else had been varying shades of lies. The family whose parents' names 1 had given us were contacted and they were deeply disturbed that someone had been using the daughter's picture, parents' names, and even her birthday. The daughter was a casual acquaintance of the real "1", but had no idea "1" knew so much about her. Strangely the faker did not use the girl's name, instead had invented a fake first name while using details of a real person, and real parents with a real address. They'd even gotten the breast pump but assumed it had been a mistake by the postal service since there was no one there by the first name 1 had given us. We never did figure out whether the real 1 was or had ever been pregnant, but we do know she didn't have a preemie and was not who she said she was at all.



She reappeared several times all over the internet, sometimes using her old fake name and sometimes with different ones, including at one point on yet another site using pictures of DD and I that I had made private in the old board's photo thread, so we knew there was and may still be another account of this person lurking there under yet another fake identity, as only members with a certain amount of posts and rep can even see that thread and her acct as "1" was banned. She's been quiet for the last 2 years but I'm sure she's still out there. She's just gotten marginally smarter and stopped using the same screen name or obvious variants on it.



Everyone on the board moved on and we became a club again rather than warring factions, but the board was never the same. Every new member was 1 or a faker like 1 until proven otherwise. I especially felt duped and humiliated, and a little scared too since the lunatic knew my name, what I looked like, had my old phone number and could easily get my address. Nothing ever came of it but I still wonder if she's still keeping tabs on me, even 5 years later.



Now I'm very selective about what I share online, let alone who I befriend, friend on FB, talk to IRL, or anything like that. I won't even use myself as my FB profile pic because I'm scared of pics getting stolen again. Lesson learned, the hard way.

lacTAYtor. ☮ 3 kids; North Carolina 4496 posts
30th Jul

<blockquote><b>Quoting The Masochism Tango:</b>" Annnnd this is why I won't give so much as my real name out online, let alone my picture or other details. ... [snip!] ... I won't even use myself as my FB profile pic because I'm scared of pics getting stolen again. Lesson learned, the hard way."</blockquote>




:shock: Wow! I will never understand why people do stuff like that. So crazy!

Not here.. Japan 63 posts
30th Jul

Never lied, at least not intentionally. :o

lolajessup Due July 25; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
30th Jul

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mara:</b>" i really should try to come up w/ a better name for it... like "mental health app" or a happiness app. ... [snip!] ... part, dead boring / too text-y, and there's no social support backing it, which i think is critical for the value of the app. "</blockquote>



<------- tester.

_______Nope_________ 23772 posts
30th Jul

I've exaggerated. I personally think almost everyone does, not on purpose. "I'm having a worst day!" Yeah, exaggeration, haha. "My husbands the best!" exaggeration. Meh, haha.

MrsGraham (9wks) Due November 22; TTC since Jun 2013; 1 child; 2 angel babies; Nova Scotia 1891 posts
30th Jul
Quoting sass. ෆ:" Nothing fancy here so no lies!"


YOU CAN'T LIE... I KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE... :D



I haven't lied, don't see the point.

user banned California 36390 posts
30th Jul

I do write under a pseudo on a different site so is that considered internet lying?

Gosloving 1 child; Washington 12831 posts
31st Jul

Lmfao at the one's that voted they lied to make their life seem better. I wish we'd know who these people were. Were they being serious or just playing? Stupid anonymous poll. :twisted:



Anyways, no OP. I have not lied. I think lying on the internet to make your life seem better, to get pity or for whatever reason is LAME!