Japanese Twitter shows that the Internet isn’t all savage memes and fighting about politics.

Technology has brought a lot of good things to our lives, like robot comedians, holographic security guards, and access to endless amounts of cat videos. But our increasing reliance on technology also comes with many drawbacks, such as a rise in online bullying and smartphone addictions.

One Japanese Twitter user found an unexpected drawback to using a dashboard camera, a documenting device that’s becoming increasingly popular among drivers throughout the world. On the one hand, they’re great because they can be used as evidence or to protect you in case of an accident, but on the other hand, those driving with them can, themselves, be caught in the act of doing something wrong. Twitter user @shosho5557837 wrote:

“My mother, father, and older brother were in a car accident, and when I reviewed the dash-cam, what I found was all of them talking about me behind my back.”

It turned out that, while @shosho5557837 was trying to help their family by investigating the accident, they found out that their family had been making fun of them when they weren’t around. “On top of that,” they said in a later tweet, “It sounded like they were having a good time doing it.”

It must have hurt to find out the family thinks so unkindly of @shosho5557837. Perhaps that’s why they decided to vent their frustrations on Twitter, though they probably didn’t think anyone was going to care. To their complete and utter surprise, however, the tweet was shared and liked more than 100,000 times by Japanese netizens, who rallied around them to show their support.

“I’m sorry…”
“You were the biggest victim.”

“It’s okay if you want to cry.”
“Live strong!”
“I hope you feel better somehow…”
“I don’t know what to say…my eyes are sweating.”
“Keep your chin up.”
“Don’t worry about them!”
“I’m curious about your family’s response. I hope everything gets better!”
“That kind of accident is not covered by insurance.”

▼ Cries of “Gambatte!”, or “Do your best!”, were the most common form of encouragement.

But it’s not all bad for @shosho5557837. Though we’re not sure of the outcome of the conflict because they didn’t seem to tweet any follow-ups about it, they did take advantage of their unexpected fame to advertise the Kyushu University Spider Symposium, of which they are the president. So many people messaged them to apply to join the symposium, in fact, that @shosho5557838’s inbox quickly became backed up, and they were even obliged to create a separate DM group just for interested members!

So at least something good came out of the disheartening discovery. Still, we hope that this Twitter user was able to confront their family about the hurtful things they’d said, and all was reconciled. Because few things are worse than parents who aren’t supportive.

Source: Twitter/@shosho5557837 via Hachima KikoI
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