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The Internet Ruined My Life

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Series shows dramatic consequences of online behavior.

TV Syfy Reality TV 2016
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This reality show offers compelling but sensational stories about the various ways people's online activities can lead to very real and serious consequences. It underscores how quickly a post can go viral, and seemingly silly or harmless tweets, emails, texts, and memes can be misinterpreted and used against people online, in the world of public opinion, and even in a court of law. The willingness of people to use tweets, Facebook posts, and other social media content as justifications for, and ways of, engaging in inappropriate and illegal behaviors is also noted.

The accounts featured here are troubling, especially when it shows how some law enforcement agencies, political pundits, and entertainers perpetuate a culture that permits the victimization of people who post risky online content. However, it fails to acknowledge that while no one has the right to hurt and destroy -- or be hurt and destroyed -- as a result of a post, Internet users still must be mindful of what they're sharing (and how they're sharing it) in the digital world. Nonetheless, the overall series serves as a warning to everyone who's online.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: March 9, 2016
  • Network: Syfy
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: June 2, 2023

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