This is a very old era. Lol
People have been using scare tactics to sell products for as long as there have been products to sell.
As for everything else, it's like anything g else. Don't be stupid and you do a lot better.
MZ has had 0 influence on me, btw.
People only have power over you if you give it to them. I have never had a need or a desire to have make believe friends since I was little playing imaginary games.