- Mar 26, 2004
I don't think it's the best idea to date through the internet, there are many psychos and perverts on the net, just think about it why would a young man try to pick up chicks on the net when it's a lot more simple and natural to go to a bar or some nice place.
Internet dating sites have become increasingly popular among teens and younger adults as well as older adults. I think many people become tired of singles bars and other traditional venues for meeting people, and additionally internet dating sites allow one to "get a feel" for the other person and what interests you and the other person have in common.
I agree with Steve's cautions:
Unregulated venues such as chat rooms where individuals can claim to be anyone without verification, are known for predators to be seeking out vulnerable and shy individuals.
These predators are skilled manipulators who exploit well meaning, innocent admissions by unsuspecting people wanting to make real friendships.
People have been known to lose their life savings, and even their lives not to mention the psychological trauma of betrayal as a result of these internet based liaisons.
That's not to say there are not opportunities to forge real and long lasting friendships through internet encounters, but one must be very cautious and even skeptical when an internet acquaintance wants to meet in person.
A good rule is to not to rush, and if a meeting is to take place, make it in a public place and invite a third person to come along until the stranger's intentions can be evaluated.
That said, I do know of couples who met via internet dating sites and have successful long-term relationships, including marriages, as a result. As Steve says, the key is don't rush and don't allow yourself to be rushed. If that person doesn't think you're worth waiting for, s/he's probably not for you anyway.