I did something really stupid. It was a total, complete accident, but probably one of the worst mistakes I’ve made in recent history.
Let me start off by saying that EVERYBODY is a little bit of a lurk. If you deny it, you’re just lying to yourself. The internet makes it too easy for us to find information, plain and simple. Wondering whatever happened to your BFF from middle school? Maybe an ex who you cut ties with and haven’t spoken to in awhile?
Since we all know that I’m not a big fan of staying friends with my exes on any social media networks (too messy), I have to admit that I do get a little curious sometimes. Everyone does. And no, this does not make me a weirdo, because it’s perfectly natural to wonder whatever happened to a person that you spent a significant chunk of your life with once upon a time.
So there I was, lurking away on a Tuesday night. No apologies whatsoever. Haha, when I say it like that, it sounds like I was holed up in a dark room crouching over my computer, but it wasn’t quite that dramatic. I was just on my phone perusing.
I happened upon an ex of mine’s current girlfriend. Just to, you know, see what was up with that situation. Girls–you know what I’m talking about. (Side note: he’s probably reading this, because he’s a lurk, too.)
And then the worst thing possible happened when I clicked on her name.
I ACCIDENTALLY FRIEND REQUESTED HER.
Now, if you have ever done anything like this, you know the moment of sheer terror and panic that pierces through your body.
“Congrats! Friend request to Ex’s Girlfriend sent!”
With the absolute quickness, I canceled the friend request (she’ll still get an e-mail about it, so the embarrassment is forever) and thought about deleting my Facebook. But I didn’t. Because this was a lesson to me to stop being such a creep! When you lurk on the internet, bad things happen, obviously. Andddd I definitely learned my lesson.
Has this ever happened to you? Can anything more embarrassing in my life ever happen to me? I don’t think so. Share your lurking horror stories with me!