I think that 80% does sound a bit high, but it's not as outlandish as some people seem to think. I met my current SO online just playing Myspace poker, neither of us were looking for anyone and just happened to hit it off. I feel like I got to know him a lot better from the first six months being online than I otherwise might have because the only way to spend time with each other is to talk, and physical distractions and the like don't factor in yet. This allowed us to spend hours a day just getting to know each other, and by time he moved here we already had a very close relationship. Now it's been over a year and we'll be getting married soon, so add me to those stats
I met somebody on-line. We turned out to be neighbors - only living 2 miles away from each other, in the same city.
We've been friends for quite a long time now. We would never have met in person.
Harvey, you seem to present yourself on-line as you would do in person. Of course there are folks who invent new personalities for themselves on-line, but there are plenty of folks (like me, and I assume you) who are just here as we are any place else.
If you and I were to find that we have a lot in common, and we have a good time chatting on-line, why not meet up for a cup of coffee? The fact that we met on-line does not mean one of us will be a psycho. (Maybe we both will be psychos.) HA
The internet IS people. If my city did an old fashioned hoe-down mixer for the townsfolk to mingle, I'd head over & see who is there. Maybe meet somebody. But, that old tradition has died away. 'Cuz we're all on-line now
I have a happy on-line dating story and I've heard of many many others. I've heard of bad experiences too.
It's kinda like... trying to find a date in a bar. Or at a party. Or at a grocery store. Two people meet. They get along well or they don't. How they met is not so much important, is it?
Hehehe...I met someone in person from one of the sites I write on a couple of years ago, and her elderly mother came along because she was convinced that her poor 50-something daughter was meeting up with axe murderers. We offered to bring along a chainsaw to the meeting, but there was concern that the mother's heart might not hold out .
To date, I have met quite a many people in person that I met first online. These people are from all over the country, and I've met many more from all over the world that I may eventually get to meet in person. There's absolutely no way I would have met them otherwise, and trust me...living in the middle of Wyoming, I NEED the mix of ideas and culture from elsewhere. So far I've also met one person from my hometown -- even in a town of 5,000 people we'd never met before, talked online for a little bit, and then decided to meet up for a walk.
The thing I've noticed about online interaction is that it's pretty easy to spot inconsistencies in people's stories or personalities. When you're actually forced to communicate in order to interact at all, such things can come out much faster than in person. I'm sure we've all met people in person who turned out to be lying to our faces the entire time...I know I have, I even married one of them, then spent five years together and still didn't know as much about him as I did my current SO after a short matter of months.
Yes, my own mother freaked out when she heard about my SO -- I knew she would, but I thought it'd be more because he's older than her -- and it has taken this long for her to finally start settling down and realizing that he is here to stay, and that he's not an axe murderer. It is still an ongoing joke though...since we were both on the internet, it must mean that we are both axe murderers and just haven't found each other out yet .
Meeting people online is not just restricted to dating. Now, it is almost impossible to get a job interview these days, because a lot of companies are only accepting applications online.
Even if you ask a person at a company to give you a paper application, they will give you their website address and tell you to go back home and fill out their online application, and they will get back to you if they are interested.
I tell you, that was quite a shock for me after working full time for over 20 years. I think it is very impersonal, and the only reason they push it, is because it cuts back on having to hire people to go through the applications.
What was once done by thousands of people, can now be done by just a few 100, maybe even less. I don't even think they hire on the individual anymore. It is all based on numbers and test scores. But, if you can't read, or cheat to get a good score, your chances of getting a job are better than the ones that can.
The only person I ever met online & developed, (what I thought), was a real friendship disappeared without a trace. Almost like the individual died! This was right before we were supposed to meet in person. Also no activity in the person's on- line accounts. They deleted another. Guess they didn't wanna be met! Ha!!
Or maybe they did die, that's always a possibility...I've had several online friends that have died, some that I knew for a few years...unfortunately, if they don't have friends to change their statuses or put out notices on the sites where they were active, us online people would never know. I suppose that is one definite drawback in online friendships, though one always hopes that doesn't have to be dealt with often.
We've managed to create a society of technologically-advanced hermits. Nah, just kidding; online is just another medium for communication. Hmmm, I think this was already said. Then, um, Happy New Year; dang that was already said, too, huh? Oh well, Happy Blue Moon!
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