Advanced search

AIBU to think some posts on here are over exaggerated?

(54 Posts)
northernmonkey1010 Thu 15-Sep-16 11:43:16

Some posts in this section seem to be stories that wouldn't look out of place in a soap like Eastenders. Some posts I read I ask myself can this be true? Or am I just been cynical?

Pseudonym99 Thu 15-Sep-16 11:59:59

The vast majority are exaggerated.

Arfarfanarf Thu 15-Sep-16 12:03:21

It's the internet. I'm sure a lot of it is exaggerated. A lot of it made up. (There are a great many trolls around.) A lot of it should be entitled What I Wish I'd Said Or Done Only I Wasn't Quick Thinking Enough.

And a lot of it is true.

And a lot of it will be minimised. (abusive relationships springs to mind)

It's how it is all over the net.

MidniteScribbler Thu 15-Sep-16 12:07:04

Wait, you mean to tell me that everything on the internet isn't real?

Arfarfanarf Thu 15-Sep-16 12:08:57

grin Shocker, eh?

CitizenBloom Thu 15-Sep-16 12:13:05

Well, colour me amazed and apalled. grin

Wantagoodname Thu 15-Sep-16 12:13:12

Makes it more interesting

AnyFucker Thu 15-Sep-16 12:13:59

I believe everything I read...don't you ? smile

Starduke Thu 15-Sep-16 12:15:48

It's like people telling stories in RL - they often exaggerate or twist the truth to get a certain message across


There are some startlingly honest ones too

PinkSquash Thu 15-Sep-16 12:17:22

You have got to be kidding?! My flabber is well and truly ghasted

HairsprayBabe Thu 15-Sep-16 12:18:22

YANBU, and there are not "women in your area dying to hook up" either! grin

RuggerHug Thu 15-Sep-16 12:27:37

Yanbu. However I've seen/been in situations in real life that I know if posted online people would yell 'bollocks that happened!' so I'm cynical to a point.

RufusTheSpartacusReindeer Thu 15-Sep-16 12:32:33

Ive said a million times that there is too much exaggeration on these threads

AnotherPrickInTheWall Thu 15-Sep-16 12:37:33

I'd say a good many are fictitious, maybe as many as a quarter.?
RL can be like a soap opera though,.

WorraLiberty Thu 15-Sep-16 12:40:51

Definitely the vast majority.

Event the more believable ones are mostly full of OTT language like

"MIL demanded a school photo"

"The cashier sneered and said..."

"The kids were paraded around"

I think some people are automatically unreasonable if they need to add those things, to get people onside.

But I do find it amusing and I like to play a little game of adjective bingo with myself. I particularly like "He waltzed in from the pub". I just assume they're married to Len Goodman grin grin

ilovesooty Thu 15-Sep-16 12:43:10

No shit Sherlock. You'll be telling us the Pope is Catholic next.

ImperialBlether Thu 15-Sep-16 12:58:46

It's the level of rage that gets me. Everyone is livid or furious or fuming (that was my favourite when the OP spelled it as "fumming" in every post.)

Mycatsabastard Thu 15-Sep-16 12:59:56

yanbu at all.

I really do think that some people love to have minor things happen so they can make it into a huge story for mumsnet. Mind you, some of them are rather wonderfully entertaining.

On the other hand, I have seen things and had things happen to me which you just couldn't add into a soap opera as the viewers would think it was completely unbelievable.

Tis life.

PanGalaticGargleBlaster Thu 15-Sep-16 13:02:52

I am always cynical when people recount an exchange where they claim to have done the famous mumsnet 'head tilt'(tm) while spouting some patronising bollocks to the object of their ire. I can't help but think if anyone was spoken to like that their response would not have been the chastised silence that the OP claims but a resounding fuck off while quite possibly being made to wear their cup of coffee for good measure.

PanGalaticGargleBlaster Thu 15-Sep-16 13:05:19


Don't forget those people being so angry they 'stormed' out of the school/restaurant/shop. It always conjures up images of tables being overturned, people being pushed onto their arses and doors ripped off their hinges.

VanillaSugarandChristmasSpice Thu 15-Sep-16 13:08:46

Actually, I really genuinely did storm out of the Post Office last week, with the woman-behind-the-counter screeching "You're being very rude".

It's true. I've got witnessed!

VanillaSugarandChristmasSpice Thu 15-Sep-16 13:10:12

All I wanted to do was to post off a passport application by special delivery.

AmeliaJack Thu 15-Sep-16 13:10:40

I've seen an online post about a real life situation I witnessed. The OP didn't actually lie but it was certainly written entirely from her own perspective and at least one key bit of information missed out.

The responses to her post would have been rather less sympathetic had they read my version.

It's a bit like the Watchdog programme on TV, the stories are less sympathetic when you have full details of the companies' side of the story.

phillipp Thu 15-Sep-16 13:14:41

I think some are exaggerated, especially when the thread isn't going how the op expects so they drip feed lots of worse and worse things.

I think some aren't really exaggerated but as they are told from one perspective, they tend to be one sided. And if it's happened while people are stressed or upset they can unintentionally exaggerate.

But I also think some people are telling the truth. I don't ever post about my dbro and sil because people would not believe the stuff they have done. People who have actually witnessed their behaviour have a hard time processing it. So I can imagine that plenty are true and told in a fairly accurate way.

LikeDylanInTheMovies Thu 15-Sep-16 13:16:46

I'd say a good proportion is straight up bullshit.

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now