A late arrival into the world of social media, I nevertheless embraced it as a kind of escape.
While my husband spent most evenings catching up on the horse racing he'd recorded over the weekend, I began perusing chatrooms – not in pursuit of cybersex necessarily, but initially more for harmless flirtation, a little virtual attention.
Many of the members here have known each other back in the MSN chat days.
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Then sometimes we’ll go back to normal Snapchatting," "I guess I don’t see the point in switching to i Message when we’re both already in the Snapchat app," she says.
And for a while at least, it all felt harmless and innocent, and fun. My father leaving didn't help, and for the first six months of my life I was placed with a notional "auntie", a family friend who became my surrogate mother throughout my childhood.
normally converse using pictures, which seems silly at the moment, but I know sometimes I will have a whole conversation and the pictures are of our dogs," says Liam, 17, "I’ll take a random picture just to support the conversation." They tell TI that they use the chat function interchangeably with the photo sharing aspect of the app.
If a message is too long to fit across a photo or it's something easier to explain via chat, "I’ll just slide over and type it out there.
There were redundancy problems at work; my marriage was showing strains; and there was something large and unnameable missing from my life.
I ignored it until I could do so no longer, until eventually, for what felt like the sake of my sanity, I resolved to do something about it.