With the evergrowing dating websites on the net, this has become a common way to meet people now.  But, can you really trust the person on the other side without ever meeting them?  Just recently, this guy was dating a woman on the internet and after 6 months, he decided to meet her.  He told her to come to the beach and told her to wear a pink top so he could recognize her.  When he got there, it turned to be his mom! You don’t want to be stuck in a situation like this do you?
The day has come when internet dating is considered a legitimate way of meeting new people in the endless search for the right person. Chat rooms have replaced bar rooms, and dating sites and personal ads no longer have the “stigma” that they once did. You may still get a raised eyebrow when telling people you are using the internet for your search for the perfect mate, but no where close to the reaction you would have gotten years ago. Internet dating has gained popularity by leaps and bounds, and unfortunately, so have the dangers and horror stories some have encountered.

Internet dating has been portrayed mostly with “success stories”, because many of those who have had bad experiences are too embarrassed to talk about them openly, thinking they are the rarity, or the “unlucky one”.  Movies and T.V. have also focused on the lighter side of internet dating as opposed to the darker side. What’s tricky here is people WANT to believe they are going to find what they are looking for (nothing wrong with that) and DON’T want to believe someone may be lying to them or playing games. They think they are “too smart” to fall for b.s., and it is that attitude that leaves them wide open to be proven wrong. If you are planning to surf the web with high hopes and expectations, arm yourself with the knowledge of what to avoid and what to watch out for, so you have the best possible chance of a positive outcome.

If you think you have played it safe and have met the right person than giving a potential relationship a chance to grow is never foolish. This is especially true if there seems to be a real connection. To me it would be more foolish to have turned away from the possibility all together and missed out on something great. This way at least you won’t need to wonder.  But make sure, you meet them at a safe place and above all MEET them in person before deciding if they are your soul mate.

There’s no way to know how a relationship will turn out. Just because you’ve never met in person, it doesn’t mean you can’t have feelings towards them. The only way to really establish how deep the feelings or connection, however, is to meet in person. Remember, every experience you go through is a learning opportunity. Even if this doesn’t turn out to be the relationship you hoped for, you have certainly learned something about yourself and about relationships. Always look at every experience as on opportunity to learn more and you won’t be disappointed, regardless of the outcome.

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