When a couple selfie gets popular, they realize something’s wrong. They were used to receiving a great deal of attention for their photographs. They were, after all, well known and had a sizeable digital presence. Picture, on the other hand, was distinctive. It wasn’t just a hit with their fans and followers.
It spread very quickly, reaching news outlets all over the world, and they were still perplexed as to why they read the comments in an attempt to figure out why it was so popular, and when they noticed it, it was right in front of their faces. But they hadn’t noticed it until now. Wendy Joseph and Dan Hennessy, on the other hand, were not always internet emotions.
They can recall a time when social media was barely a blip on anyone’s radar. Surprisingly, it played a significant role in their love and success story, and it set the stage for their relationship to become an online feeling. It all started in 2006 when they were both young College students. Dan was looking to broaden his social circle, but they didn’t know each other. The pair had no idea they were about to cross paths in the most unusual of ways.
Dan was a sophomore in exercise science who was 18 years old. Wendy, who was only 17 years old at the time, had just graduated from high school and wanted to work in public health care. Dan was an outgoing young man who enjoyed interaction with people, partying, and meeting new people.
It didn’t take him long to discover the new social media platform that everyone was talking about. Facebook at the time, Mark Zuckerberg’s breakthrough new social network was in its early stages and was primarily used by College students, primarily for meeting new people and dating. That’s where he met Wendy for the first time. Dan used Facebook to meet new people and broaden his social circle.
He ran into a girl named Daphne, with whom he shared a few mutual friends. One day, he sent her a private message, but she didn’t respond. Undaunted, he began going through her list of friends. That’s when he came across Wendy’s profile. He decided to message her after falling in love with her photos, and even though for good reason, Wendy was wary of strangers who contacted her via the internet at the time. Instead of responding, she informed her friend Daphne, who had some things to say about Dan.
Wendy decided not to respond to Dan after Daphne informed her that he had messaged her as well. After a few weeks, he reached out again. She was intrigued and clicked on his profile to learn more about him. There she discovered that he knew people from her high school. She messaged back, feeling more secure now that she knew they shared some friends and an online friendship was born.
Dan, on the other hand, wanted to meet Wendy in person, so we invited her and her friends to his apartment for a party. There was only one issue. Dan hadn’t planned a party because he didn’t believe Wendy would accept his invitation. When she did, he shuffled to notify his friends and put everything together as he did.
Despite the short notice, the fateful night of the party arrived and the pair met for the first time and instantly hit it off. They talked and danced with each other all night. Wendy was still there with Dan after all the other guests had left. There was apparently mutual attraction between the two, but that didn’t guarantee that everything would work out. Wendy had recently ended her first long term relationship, so she was wary of entering another relationship and having her heart broken again.
Dan was having a great time as a single College student and the party lifestyle that came with it. So they decided to stay friends, and even though no matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t deny that there was something there. They communicated with each other every day and grew very close.
They realized six months later that they might be ready to try things out as a couple, though they had no idea that trouble was on the way, Wendy began to focus her attention on some of the other areas of her life that she’d been neglecting as her love life blossomed. Or so she thought and basking in that special feeling of an exciting new love.
She immersed herself completely in her studies while Dan continued to socialize and party with his friends on campus. Years had passed, but nothing had changed. She was still no closer to completing her master’s degree and moving on with her life.
That’s when she noticed the message and dance inbox that sent her spinning and it completely changed everything. Wendy’s doubt, which had begun as a small seed, grew stronger the longer they were together. Wendy kept a wary eye on Dan’s ever expanding friend list.
Will his Facebook profile remained active. She knew Dan had found her on Facebook, and who was to say he wasn’t chatting with other girls on the side? He began going out without her. Soon after, she began declining invitations to parties because she needed to study while she sat at home. He was meeting new people every weekend, and it became clear that despite his maturity, Dan still loved to party.
Wendy had initially dismissed the message as innocuous, but as the day progressed, she found herself becoming consumed by it. Dan had neglected to log out of his Facebook account, leaving his inbox open. Wendy was working on her homework when she noticed the notification on their shared computer. She paused, knowing what she was doing was wrong. What was the foundation of their relationship if she didn’t trust Dan?
But her curiosity soon got the best of her. She was only one click away from discovering the truth about Dan. When she saw it was one of his many female friends. Her heart sank. Wendy couldn’t halt herself. It became much easier for her after she’d done it once, she found herself going through all of Dan’s private Facebook messages, fueled by insecurities and doubt.
Despite the fact that she couldn’t find any incriminating evidence against him, she did discover a slew of messages from other women. Worse, they were all successful young and had completed their studies, and they’d all known Dan from the parties he’d attended. Without her, she felt like a failure when she’d compared herself to them. It wasn’t long before her fears infiltrated every aspect of her life.
However, what could Wendy possibly do about it? She felt her relationship was spiraling out of control because she was inexperienced with love and life in general. Wendy’s insecurities and Dan’s refusal to compromise fueled normal.
Everyday bickering about trivial matters into epic battles. She should set aside some time for her studies to spend with him instead of going out without her.
He should stay at home with her.
And the debates always came back to one question. What if he met someone new? Then a small voice insider inquired, what if you already had?
And so it went on. Wendy was aware that something had to give.
Fast forward to today and that infamous photograph that’s become such a hot topic. Wendy’s eyes widened as she logged in and saw the number of likes past 600. As the photo was shared thousands of times, comments poured in. Friends, family, and members of the general public were adamant about having their say.
News stations were pounding on the door for exclusive interviews.
And the phone rang all hours of the day and night. Wendy was taken aback by the outpouring of support.
But why in Wendy’s Facebook Photo sparks such worldwide outrage? Wendy’s decision to end a relationship with Dan all those years ago seemed like the logical choice at the time. In fact, it was the only option available to her. She was becoming increasingly dissatisfied and he refused to provide her with the validation she required. They’d met when they were so young. She was aware that she had changed dramatically in the previous seven years. She had, of course, been heartbroken at the time.
She had no regrets. After looking at the photograph again, she was certain it was the best decision she ever made. Even though the thought of a life without Dan broke her heart, she knew she had to put her head down and pursue her own interests. She disliked the person she had become well with Dan, insecure and needy.
She needed to figure out what kind of a woman she wanted to be. Therefore, she redoubled her efforts and without the constant distractions and concern of her relationship, she went on to earn a master’s degree in public administration. She’d done it for herself, but staying away from Dan had proven to be far more difficult than she had anticipated.
However, there was one thing she hadn’t thought about. Dan had been far from pleased with Wendy’s decision. He wasn’t ready to give up his life’s love, he realized what role he had played in their breakup. He’d assumed she’d take him for granted. Now he was missing her terribly. He knew the only thing he could do was message her every day for the year and a half, they were apart.
So he did. He hoped that his perseverance would pay off once more, as it had in the past. Wendy, on the other hand, had finally discovered her true calling. Despite the fact that it was a very difficult time for him, Dan eventually realized that Wendy was correct. Wendy decided to set her sights even higher.
After achieving her dream of completing her master’s degree, she saw a chance. With the rise of social media, she launched her own YouTube channel, Wendy’s Curls, where she posted beauty tutorials and hairstyling tips for girls with uncontrollable and naturally curly hair. She shatter old appearance and began to accept her natural beauty, and her fans adored her for it. But then fate decided to intervene once more in her life.