leann rimesAs you may have heard, country singer and supposed-Brandi Glanville doppelganger LeAnn Rimes recently underwent treatment for anxiety and stress. The reason for her anxiety and stress? She's been bullied. The reason she's been bullied? The Internet. My opinion on the matter? It's no wonder, because the Internet really is one giant jerkface.

Okay, so the whole Internet isn't a jerkface, but a portion of it is. And before we discuss the jerkfaceness of it all, here's what LeAnn told the Boston Herald about her recent stint rehab stint:

I think it's really hard to deal with Twitter and Facebook and all these social media outlets. It's hard to take it day after day of reading and seeing things that someone you don't even know says about you. As much as you said you don't want it to penetrate, it does, because you're human.

I hear you, sister. Really, I do. By no means am I a celeb like Rimes, but as a blogger who has been on the receiving end of some less than pleasant comments, I fully concur. And social media is a drag sometimes. I mean, it's great for some things, but sometimes it really does make it seem like everyone else is leading these super amazing, awesome lives while the rest of us are, well, plopped on our couches with our laptops.

Here's the thing, though. The Internet also is a really great place. And that's what's key to remember. For every nasty thing that's ever been written about LeAnn on Facebook, Twitter, and wherever else, I'm sure there are five nice things about her. She should focus on that -- or at least try to. Social media connects her real fans with her, and I think that was the original intent of it all, not bullying. And besides, LeAnn, do you really think the people writing hateful things about you on the Internet are truly happy with themselves?

What do you think of social media?


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