What do you call an overly protective facebook creeper?
October 31, 2012 3:33 PM Subscribe
What is the name for the phenomenon of creepy guys being overly protective of women they barely know on the internet, in particular on facebook?
posted by albrecht to Human Relations (14 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
A typical example of what I'm thinking of could be:
A young woman posts something on facebook about how she's going out to a party but doesn't know how she's planning to get home, perhaps asking if anyone can give her a ride. Then some guy she maybe barely knows posts some way-overly-concerned and paternalistic string of comments like "I'm worried about you, please stay safe!" or "Call me when you get home so I know you're ok," etc., etc. The basic idea being a creepy "nice guy" assuming the role of "protector" when the situation really didn't call for it.
I know I've seen this discussed somewhere with a compendium of examples, and I'm guessing there's probably an internet slang term for it, but of course it's hard to search for online because I just find examples of people actually being concerned for their safety and not this particular kind of creepy behavior.