You're Not A Freak If You Meet A Love Interest Online
from the just-letting-you-know dept
I’ve gone through this debate with a number of friends, and I’m still not a fan of the concept of online dating. No matter what people say, I still know that people seem extremely different online and off. The friends that I’ve met originally through online channels and then eventually met offline have all turned out to be quite different than expected. However, a new study is saying that the opposite may be true. People who meet online may find it easier to fall in love according to this study – since they’re more willing to open up and express themselves online. When they finally meet in person they know each other so well, that it’s easy to build a romantic relationship out of it. Of course, they also have to deal with the fact that people do lie when they talk about themselves online, but the study found that the “lying” factor wasn’t that big of a deal – since most people simply tell small white lies that are easily forgiven. I think the study is a little bit useless. I mean, I’m sure it’s no surprise that some people can meet and fall in love online. However, I would be more interested in finding out how many people realized that the offline version of their love interest was completely different than the online version – and how they dealt with it. People I know who have met others online tend to “fill in the blanks” about the people they talk to concerning any factor that wasn’t covered in any online discussion – and tend to fill it in with the best possibly results. That leads to people getting their hopes up, and finding themselves disappointed when they eventually meet.