I recently watched a Dateline NBC segment retelling the tragic tale of two Florida teenage girls fighting over a boyfriend. The young man admittedly was dating the two girls for over a year and egged on their rivalry.
Family and friends were also aware of the two-timing Romeo and the growing rivalry but especially because things had gone public and gotten very heated on Facebook and Twitter, which is what peaked my interest in this story.
For over a year the women would post pictures of themselves out on dates with Mr. Casanova and post it their Facebook pages and Twitter accounts. The bragging soon turned bitter and threats began to be exchanged. Lots of nasty four letter words and tense conversations began to take place until one night the threats got so bad that one of the teens felt unsafe being home alone in her apartment.
The 19-year old fled to a friend’s house when the other girl and a few friends found out where she was and drove by. Things took a terrible turn for the worse when girlfriend in the car tried to run the other one over. A knife entered the picture from walking girlfriend and soon girlfriend in the car lay dead in the street.
Sounds like a modern-day Greek tragedy that could have been avoided if things hadn’t escalated for so long. One expert on the show talked about how social media, email and the Internet enable us to say things or speak to one another in a way that we wouldn’t if were face-to-face or using another mode of communication.