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Would you meet people from the internet?
Posted 6/19/12
Curiosity killed the cat.
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Posted 6/19/12

FlyinDumpling wrote:

Well I was having a conversation with someone, and they said I was being close minded when I thought it was a risky move to meet people on the internet in real life . When I meet people I have connections with them somehow, where they came from, from what friend, etc. Where as someone from the internet could be lying to you, and disappear like they never existed. I guess it because I'm not the type of person that would become friends with people I just met off the street.

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I don't believe you are closed minded. You are cautious. Which is what more people SHOULD be when it comes to the internet. Just look at that social app for teens that was shut down because of the reported rapes that came from meeting people from the internet.

It's ok to meet people from the internet but be damn sure what you're getting into, and bring a friend or something as a back up for such.
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Posted 6/19/12

i_love_u_jesus wrote:


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i_love_u_jesus wrote:

I wouldn't want to meet total strangers, but I wouldn't have any problem with meeting some of the internet buddies I've had over the years, and I wouldn't be totally opposed to idea of meeting people from dating sites with some caution. But I have a feeling meeting my old internet buddies would be kind of awkward. I mean, we're talking... but it's not Xbox Live? What would we even do?


It would be awkward at first, but then you get to know them for WHO they are.. and they become legit friends. Its like meeting a girl over the internet. The conversations will be different, but the best part is that you're now there physically with them.


Yeah I get what you're saying, but I was talking about what we would do for fun. Even with the real life friends I have now, hanging out has become awkward, because all we have to do to pass the time when we're together is play games or watch TV. So...we'd meet up, and play games, I guess? lol, we do that already, and we haven't met... Only this time I'd raid their refrigerator.


Chill, watch some anime or game a bit, show them around your area.. etc.
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Posted 6/19/12 , edited 6/19/12
Meeting someone from online can be incredibly safe.

Statistically speaking, you have a better chance of dieing in a vehicle every day of your life than you do meeting someone from online and getting murdered.

That being said, I mentioned it can be incredibly safe. Be smart about it. Meet in a public place. Make sure friends and family know what you are doing. Secret encounters are not how you meet someone for the first time. Have a safety net of sorts. If you expect to meet someone at 2 pm at the mall in the food court. Take a friend who sits a table or so over that you can give a message to for a rescue. Such as intentionally accidentally knocking a straw off the table. Or have them call you to make sure you are good or bad with a phrase.

Nothing wrong with being cautious. But there also isn't any more risk than meeting someone from school. If you don't trust them, then don't meet them.
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Posted 6/19/12
I would. Only if I knew them for a really really long time and was comfortable with them. (Which applies to the internet friends I'm thinking of.)
If it was a person who I just met this year and was like, "Oh!! I'm coming to your city soon, wanna meet up?" I'd most likely say no. It all depends on the comfort level. I don't think you're being close minded for not wanting to meet people from the internet in real life; you're just not comfortable with it.

I've only met up with one person in real life, but there are a few friends I've gotten close with on the internet that I would love to meet! These would be people that I've webcammed with and phoned with plenty of times though. haha.

Just make sure you're always careful, ya'know!
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Posted 6/19/12
What makes your reply so funny... we actually have a daughter together.
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Posted 6/19/12

DualityCora wrote:

Curiosity killed the cat.


Satisfaction brought him back.

Just something a friend of mine always says that I like cause I'm the curious type.

I have met a couple of people IRL that I met on the internet but it was after years of emails and phone calls.



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Posted 6/19/12
It depends on who it is. If i've known that person on the internet for a while, I don't see why not.
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Posted 6/19/12
I actually met a girl in person that I first met here in CR. It was somewhat fun. We watched a movie called Contagion, had dinner at Panda Express, and had coffee at Coffee Bean. Damn, she was beautiful.
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Posted 6/19/12
It would be a little awkward since I'm not very good at holding a RL conversation and we'd probably just end up sitting there in silence. Talk about ruining a friendship.
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Posted 6/20/12
i would never do it again...
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Posted 6/20/12
Man, oh man, it's really, REALLY scary.

I met my wife on the 'net through eHarmony.com about 7 years ago. Maybe I should've not bought that damn computer. I'd still have plenty of spending money to buy stuff which is exciting for about 6 minutes after delivery. OR I could look forward to affording more firewater to sustain the headaches and hangovers that make me forget the misery and loneliness living by myself over several decades. I guess it's an acquired taste wanting to live within those tight parameters of excuses for your fears by taking zero risks.

Presently, I'm not miserable nor living life miserably. I took a risk. Got out of my comfort zone. Got on the 'net. Met my wife.

No regrets!!!!
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Posted 6/20/12
Sure why not.
Even if we just started talking 2 weeks ago.

Of course it would have to be in a well-lit public place. Daytime.
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Posted 6/20/12
I'd prefer not to get drugged and raped so no.
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Posted 6/21/12
Yeah. In fact, I have- another forum I post at typically has a yearly get-together before Otakon, so I catch up with people there. It's all been fine, too.
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