Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Slender Man Doesn't Scare Me

Have you heard of Slender Man? It's a hot topic of conversation among pre-teen boys right now. And, as you may suspect, it's a video game. Here's what happens in the game: you wander around in a dark wooded area with only a flashlight. The whole time, you're looking for slender man. Then, when you least suspect him, he's right there--a tall man, wearing a suit. He actually looks a lot like my husband, but his arms are longer. His arms turn into a whole bunch of tentacles, reaching for you. Then the screen goes to static. The boys like to brag to each other about how the game doesn't scare them at all. Not at all. Yeah, right.



Since my boys started playing this slender man game, they've developed some irrational fears. For example, one of them will no longer take out the trash if it's dark outside. That leaves me with a stinky kitchen in the morning. My seven-year-old is the worst, though. He will no longer go to the basement by himself, take a bath by himself, or go to bed by himself, even when all the lights are on. Funny thing is, neither one of these boys is scared to play on the computer, where they might actually see slender man.

My boys are way past the age for monster spray. They've also lost interest in playing Slender Man, so banning the game wouldn't do any good. Last night, I told them they needed to just grow up and get over their fears. Then I started thinking--who is it that wakes up in the middle of the night because she's scared about silly things like car repairs, stinky kitchens, and remodeling projects? Oh, that would be me.

6 comments:

  1. Never heard of the Slender man before but it sounds creepy! I probably would be scared of taking a garbage when it's dark too :) But that's why I never watch scary movies either :)

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    1. Yeah, the garbage in the dark is more of a rational fear than the others.

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  2. My kids love Slender, but they don't have any fears from it, thank goodness. Thanks for posting about it - it took me quite a while to figure out what slender was. I think it's hilarious you compared him to your husband, but at least your husband has a face :)

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    1. Yeah, that game isn't going to help all the people who are already scared of men in suits.

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  3. According to my boys, I need to make a correction. In the game, you aren't looking for Slender. You're looking for eight pages with Slender stuff on them.

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  4. I'm not scared of this game (and I'm 10), because I know he just wants to give you a hug.

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