By Wayne Dupree | January 13, 2020
What a tragedy and a wake-up call to parents to talk to their children about the importance of self-worth.
Teenagers go through a confidence stage; every parent knows this. Most break free from the pitfalls of worrying about what others say about them and moving on with their lives. At the same time, others sink into depression, turning their fear and loneliness into a way to lash out at others, increasing negativity in the very space they live.
Chloe Davison was a pretty young woman who needed confirmation. I’ve met people like this in my lifetime, and if they aren’t receiving compliments and praise about what they can be, they fall into depression. That’s what happened in Chloe’s situation.
"Chloe was crying many nights because someone had said something horrible about her online,” her older sister Jade Davison told the news. https://t.co/76grW8VxrT
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Her 20-year-old devastated sister, Jade said Chloe struggled socially at school and rarely went out with friends, instead staying indoors and taking pictures of herself for social media.
The social media obsessed teen thought she “wasn’t good enough unless she was getting likes,” which is why she relied on Instagram and Snapchat to feel good about herself.
“She thought she wasn’t good enough unless she was getting loads of likes and comments. Chloe was crying many nights because someone had said something horrible about her online,” Jade said.
“She’d get hundreds of messages each day, mostly men asking her for sexual stuff, sometimes they were nice, but other times they told Chloe they wanted to hurt her.”
A family friend Nick Coombs who had known Chloe since she was young, said: “She was addicted to apps like Instagram and Snapchat. She would spend hours taking the perfect photo, but would delete it later if it didn’t get popular enough.” [KanyiDaily]
… quite unfortunate!
Chloe Davison Commits Suicide Because She Wasn’t Getting Enough Likes Online
A teenage girl who was addicted to social media ended her life after she failed to… https://t.co/Y7iQrKZAOB
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Nick Coombs, a family friend, said Chloe “was addicted to apps like Instagram and Snapchat. She would spend hours taking the perfect photo, but would delete it later if it didn’t get popular enough.”
What most do not realize is when you put yourself out there, trying to seek validation by others, many will support you and others ready to knock you down a peg or two. They will write all manner of wrong responses because it makes them feel great and sends you to the mental infirmary.
Parents have to teach their children what is more important in this world and who they are, so this never visits your doorstep.
I feel for Chloe’s family. They are the victims in this madness too. They lost a loved one.
This piece originally appeared on WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.
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