DOWNSIDES to CYBERDATING
For all the convenience of online romances, there's also a downside to
cyberspace dating. These include cautions, dangers, and compromises that are
similar to those for other dating services )described in the previous chapter).
And because of the Internet's widespread reach -- it's accessible to all kinds
of people, including characters with less-than-pure motives, there are even more
Take heed of the following cautions:
Dishonesty of others. The biggest danger of the Internet involves one of
it's biggest advantages: You can be anything or anybody you want. As result, you
must be extremely wary of liars and con artists. Don't immediately believe
everything you read. Remember, it's very easy to deceive someone online or be someone
or something other than yourself. If you're really interested in someone you
meet on the Web, take the next step and meet over the phone, see a photo, and so
Your own dishonesty. As with other personals, you can also hide behind
the anonymity of words, making up stories about who you really are or what your
really look like. But it is best to be honest about yourself, especially if you
really want to meet someone in person. If you get to that point , you'll have a lot
of explaining to do if you haven't even completely above board.
Escaping real relationships. Cyberlove junkies can escape real-life,
person-to-person relationships without even realizing. Online minutes easily
become online hours, without the everyday dating problems. In-person love and
sex can be replaced by eroticism from a distance. Don't get off on netsex, but
get an offline life and a lover you can see and feel!