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Disconnecting from reality

I never even had much experience with regular dating, much less internet dating. And with the recent television show Hooking Up, the craze has hit new heights. I flatly refuse to watch the show, but I've heard of its effects.

Let me first say that I have seen firsthand two couples meet, date and later get married from internet dating. That's roughly 0.000001 percent of all couples I know, just in case you wanted to keep count. (Oddly enough, it was a father and son who both met their brides online.)

But those two have got to be the exception to the rule. That rule of course is there is no substitute for beginning the dating process in person. I contend that the internet is too scary of a place for meeting people. You never know what freak has taken a fancy to your bio and glamour shot.

Whatever happened to going out with your roommate's best friend's sister? Or even your best friend's sister? (Oh wait, that's off limits, isn't it?) People have just gotten too lazy, I think.

I guess it's easier to hide behind a computer screen than get out, show your face and meet people. Rather than letting it happen on its own, more and more, lonely people are trying to force the issue, and they are hiding behind a clever screen name to do it.

Imagine a scary-looking hermit feverishly tapping out sickeningly sweet drivel on his keyboard and clicking the send button. It's not from a lonely geek named Bob, it's from the ultracool beedawg73.

The receiver has no way of truly knowing what kind of person he or she is talking to. It could be the nicest, most mild-mannered romantic person, or it could be a sweaty maniac who forgot to take their medication.

And what happens when - or if - the two on-line lovers meet face-to-face? Face it, LaFawnduh and Kip were just characters in Napoleon Dynamite. In fact, the writer of the movie said he created the relationship between two polar opposites who met online because it was funny and absurd.

The only way this internet dating thing could possibly work on a regular basis is if normal, sane people with common interests met in a chat room and told the complete truth about each other the whole time. There's a better chance of all the U.S. soldiers coming home for Christmas than that happening. The lure of a created persona is just too strong.

Just to sum things up a bit, I would advise those in the game right now to avoid "hooking up" online. Some crazy person will always end up finding their way to you.

And trust me, you really don't want to have anything to do with beedawg. He can be a jerk in real life. Whatever real life is for him.

Web posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2005


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