Sunday, June 8, 2008

You Met Over the Internet ? – You’re Kidding Me

Online dating or speed dating has been around for a while now, although a lot of people are aghast at the whole idea.

I have heard it referred to as a “meat market.” And in some cases, this may be all it means to some people – because that is all they want.

Online dating is a medium through which you meet members of the opposite sex for whatever reason. And “Yes” sex is included, if you want it to be.

Isn’t amazing how things get taken out of context! If you want sex and sleaze from an online dating website, I am sure you won’t have to look hard to find it.

Why do people join online dating websites? Could they be lonely? Could they actually be looking for a meaningful relationship? What is wrong with type chatting to members of the opposite sex on an online website? You are sitting in the comfort and safety of your own home, chatting initially to strangers. Strangers are people we have not yet met?

There are perverted people everywhere – you have only got to walk down the main street of any city at night – and you see them. You choose to ignore them and keep on walking. That is how it is on online dating websites. Sure you are going to get hit on by inappropriate people, and if you do, you have the right to shut them down – you can even block them from accessing you and your profile.

Online dating websites are safe, if you keep them safe. Never divulge your phone number or address to anybody you don’t feel comfortable with.

If you arrange to meet somebody over coffee – make sure you do it in a crowded place so that if there is something about this person you don’t like, and the same goes for the other person who may not like you – you can get up from the table, excuse yourself and leave. What have you lost?

On the other hand – “What could you gain?” – maybe your future partner.

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