Oracle Tips by Burleson
Chapter 3 -
Looking for Love on the web
The Internet is rampant with stories about
relationships that started online. Some of these stories are about
good relationships while others take a negative turn. Even when the
Internet is not involved, most individuals know people with good
relationships and people with bad ones.
The difference is that if one meets a person
face-to-face, generally, they cannot or will not lie as much about
themselves as they can online. Online, they can send an old picture
from their high school or college days or even the image of a
supermodel. Online or in real life, they can lie about their job,
income, and current relationships. Online, it is difficult to
determine whether any of what they say or send is true. The real
truth about whether they have been lying about their height, weight,
economic status or anything else will be unknown until a meeting
occurs in real life (IRL).
As with anything found on the Internet, care
should be taken not to give too much credibility to a source that
one does not personally know and trust. Be especially careful of
stories that are not from the person in question. Many of the
Internet’s urban legends are told as something that really happened
to a “friend of a friend” (FOAF).
There are many sites designed to inform people
about the dangers of meeting people online. Some sites are offered
by people that have been burned by online meetings and others by
people that have witnessed the unfortunate aftermath of an online
meeting, short courtship, and sudden marriage.
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