Briones: Perceived threats

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Listen, if someone tried to kidnap or abduct you, I don’t think you’d be posting about the experience on social media.

I think you’d be traumatized. So much in fact that you’d be afraid to go outside let alone talk about it. You wouldn’t be so glib.

And by the way, what do you hope to gain by announcing it to the world? Assuming you’re lying about it, that is. Fifteen minutes of fame?

You don’t care about people. You’re not warning them about a new peril that stalks our community. You just want attention.

Again, I’m no psychologist or psychiatrist. I’m just someone with a little bit of common sense who, until now, doesn’t understand what all this hype of living your life like an open book is all about.

You tell me.

Do you really want everybody to know what you’re eating, or drinking, or wearing, or who you’re dating or having sex with? Wait. You might want to hit the pause button on the last one. But you know what I mean.

Somehow, I feel a disconnect with people whose lives revolve around social media.

I don’t know if it’s age. Or if it’s because I’ve stopped caring what others think about me. I try not to be judgmental although obviously that’s not working.

Okay so it’s age.

But this rant is not only targeted at the people who come up with these posts. I’m also trying to get my head around the people who actually immediately fall for them. Hook, line and sinker.

Take for instance reactions to the alleged attempted kidnapping in Barangay Sambag 2 in Cebu City.

Granted any parent would be alarmed if this happened outside their children’s school. But think.

Why would someone kidnap your child? Are you rich? Are you famous? Do you have a mortal enemy? Are you involved in an illegal activity? Is your child a genius? Is he or she very handsome or pretty? I mean, I could go on.

Because let’s face it, these alleged kidnappings or alleged attempted kidnappings are perceived threats. And you need to distinguish between what is perceived and what is real. You know, the one that endangers your and your child’s existence.

Seriously.

Don’t get me wrong, though. There are perverts out there.

Earlier this week we learned about an elected barangay official who had shabu sessions with minors and who allegedly sexually molested them afterwards. Heck, his 18-year-old companion told police he’d been living, using drugs and having sex with the accused since he was 11.

Yet I don’t see any of his victims go on social media to share their ordeal.

Why do you think that is?