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FML: new comic relief

By Wendy Ma
Published: March 2010

Being a high school student has its perks, and undeniably, its frustrations. Stress about homework, grades and friendship drama builds up, leading students to use websites such as FML as an outlet for their anxiety.

FML, accessed at www.fmylife.com, displays posts from people around the world about everyday anecdotes and occurrences. The creators explain that the site is “a space where you can let it all out and unwind by sharing the little things that screw with your day, and maybe realize that you are not alone in experiencing day to day crap.

Some of the stories on the site are very sad and heart wrenching, while others are just profane or silly.

The most popular post on FML is, “Today, I received my passport in the mail. They got my birth date wrong. Then I picked up my birth certificate that I had sent in with the application. Turns out my parents have been celebrating my birthday on the wrong day for 16 years. FML.

“So many embarrassing things have happened to me this year. I can totally relate to some of the posts on FML, freshman Joe Joseph said, who has the site bookmarked on his computer.

“FML is pure entertainment, freshman Zoe Clayton said. “It makes me feel better because such bad things are happening to others and I’m glad it’s not me¦but sometimes I feel guilty, Clayton said.

Many people visit the site but do not post anything on it, demonstrating how simply reading the posts is as satisfying as writing them.

“After having a bad day, I turn on my laptop and browse FML. It makes my day ten times better, Clayton said.

The popularity of FML spurred the creation of similar sites, for example My Life is Average, known as MLIA. Like FML, it is a site where people can post their observations that are generally average, everyday things that happen to be hilarious.

An example of an MLIA post is, “Last night my mom was working on her Mac-book while eating dinner. She was eating Chili which she put cheese in. She took a bite and a strand of cheese got onto her Mac. I watched her clean off the cheese and then say ‘ËœHa look, Mac and Cheese.’ I’ve found another candidate for the greatest parent award. MLIA.

These stories are not only fun to read, but they also allow everybody to take a break from their busy lives and appreciate the little things in everyday life. “MLIA is funny because its just the little things in life that crack me up, an anonymous senior said.

Another website of the same genre is Texts From Last Night, or TFLN. As the title suggests, TFLN is a site where people can post funny, interesting, or bizarre texts that they receive. For example, a recent post was, “Almost accidentally stole a baby… explain later. Posts on these websites are not just limited to the Internet anymore. Due to their popularity, stories from FML, MLIA, and TFLN are now available on I-Pods, cell phones, t-shirts, and even books.

These sites serve as a form of therapy; for the people that post stories, the sites are a place to let go of stress and unhappiness caused by a situation, or a place to entertain, and for readers, the sites offer comedic relief and a break from their stress, mundane day.

“The best way to manage a super busy schedule is to have some free time to release stress. Reading FML helps me get out of a stressful world and just relax, Joseph said.

So if you’re feeling stressed, try catching the FML fever’€it’s spreading quickly.

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