We have written about the dangers of reading the comments before online. There are times however when it can be beneficial. Simone Supekar writes over at The Atlantic about how the comments on the internet helped her cope with a disease:
“In an ideal world, there’d always be a George Clooney nearby, reassuring us of our inner strength during rough times. There’d be doctors who could always eradicate the root cause while treating the symptoms. There’d be friends around whom you wouldn’t mind burdening with how scared you are and how weak and pathetic you feel. But, as Kurtis Blow once famously said, these are the breaks.
For now, I’m perfectly content LOL-ing with my fellow swellies online about our “Botox lips without the Botox price” or hitting up a relevant thread on a chronic disease forum. Or, on the days when it’s too intolerable, taking a few extra pills if I have to and crying into my husband’s shoulder.”