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Everyone Has A Fake Online Girlfriend Story

17 January 2013 No Comment

Eight true tales of Internet fakery, from made-up AIM girlfriends to emails from “God.”

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In eighth grade, a few friends of mine ended up on a massive email list for rave parties at a nightclub — and for whatever reason, the list wasn’t BCC'ed. So we messaged people with funny-sounding email addresses under the alias of a very outgoing, invented 11th grader. One of the fake online relationships lasted for a year.

For anyone who came of age in the Internet era — or really has interacted online at all — these stories are universal. There was the creating of fake email addresses or the making of AIM screen names that replaced a lowercase “L” with an uppercase “I” to prank unsuspecting parties into conversations with people they were not. There was the entering of chatrooms, the stalking of exes under false Facebook profiles, and so on.

Pretty much everyone has a story. I asked a wide array of acquaintances and friends of friends to share their stories. These are the best ones — they include victims, perpetrators, and innocent bystanders.

The white lie with good intentions

I once had an acquaintance who I knew was depressed (because I was reading his LiveJournal), and so to lift his spirits I posted a fake Craigslist missed connection for him, saying I had seen him at a bar where he DJed. I knew that he read missed connections, and he did find it — he replied to my email and we chatted back and forth a bit. I told him I thought he was cute, but that I was too shy to meet up.

The Tumblr romance that wouldn’t end

So I started following this guy on Tumblr. After sending messages and chatting through the site, we eventually exchanged numbers and went on a few dates. It didn't work out and kind of ended badly. Lots of drama. So I unfollowed him and eventually had to block him after he started harassing me through Tumblr messages. But the worst part was that he started posing as fake AIM users and baiting me on chat to say bad things either about him or myself. Once I figured out his game, I basically had to cut all ties with AIM and other Internet people I didn't know very well because I was never sure if it was going to be him or not.

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