Good to see the horror of TL laid bare
Found out about TL when some of my friends got mentioned on it. I love gossiping but this isn't gossip, it's obsession. I know privacy online is a myth but this goes beyond anything. Makes my skin crawl, no matter whether the person being talked about is a mate or not.
The worst thing is no matter what you say or do, the people on there see it as fodder. There is almost nothing you can do to reason with them or get them to stop. Telling them the horrible impact of their commenting just fuels them further.
They don't care if people have to sign off work from anxiety after seeing what they've said. It's all just stuck under the umbrella of 'gossip' and seen as fair game. I'd say take it to your group chat but they wouldn't be on TL if their friends wanted to hear it
Anyway, TL is the product of the most potent sort of parasocial obsession with people online. It's borne out of a resentment of others but paired with the inability to look away.
I'll stop going on in a minute but this is the sort of shit people on TL were posting about Grace Victory while she was in a coma and then recovering from her ordeal (I'm not including any of the virulent fatphobia)
TL is very UK focused and its users are a particularly British version of angry, resentful and obsessed. They also are everywhere - someone was able to discover one of their most virulent haters is an NHS nurse. Scary.
As suspected TL members are just rationalising this all again as fair game b/c people are public. get a WhatsApp group if you really feel the need to do this!
Can empathise that going on a site like TL spirals quickly from the odd comment to obsession, with members egging each other on but does it really make you happy to fixate on people to this degree, in a negative way? I would imagine not. How does that make you see the world?
There's another thread on TL that I just saw where members confess a lack of satisfying friendships and feeling isolated... is TL really filling that gap as you go in on random people you won't meet or won't approach if you see them in your local area? Pls!
Free yourselves beloveds, there's a brighter life off that site

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