Maybe the Internet Is Not That Bad

I used to be afraid of being exposed because of the haters.

Desiree Peralta
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Photo by Sayo Garcia on Unsplash

One of the things that has held me back for so long is the fear of being exposed.

Since I was little, I have admired all the YouTubers and influencers I have watched. I loved how they shared their lives on the internet and exposed every secret just to give us content. I liked seeing every part of their lives, to feel that we were friends even though they didn’t know me.

I felt that I knew them from afar, even if, in the end, everything was false.

My dream was to one day be famous like them, have my own community, and have people around the world know who I was. I wanted to be helpful.

But something always stopped me from starting: The comments section.

I used to read them below every video I watched, and they terrified me.

I saw comments from how horrible someone looked in that video to even death threats. People didn’t hold back; they looked for every insecurity in people’s bodies and made it noticeable.

I watched videos of influencers just talking about their mental health and how being on the internet had affected them to the point of not wanting to leave their homes for fear of being recognized.

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Desiree Peralta
Publishous

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