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Do You Trust Online People

 
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This morning, while cleaning the house, I had the news on and it eventually cycled to 'The View' (crap, I know). I sat down for a coffee break and was mindlessly watching the show, and I realized that I was watching two girls meet for the first time after a lengthy online romance.

Well it turned out that one of the girls (the one that was MUCH less attractive) was pretending to be a male model.

This was a preview of a new MTV reality show called 'Catfish: The TV Show', which is based on some movie of the same name. The host of the show was actually fooled by a 40 year old lonely housewife into thinking said housewife was her much-hotter-and-younger daughter.

I've been lurking for about 72 hours, I became a non-paying member just yesterday, and I've been reading through the threads. There is a lot of information on here, some a bit crazy and some very informative, and of course the issue of trust comes up regarding the posted information. I've noticed that there are a tight group of individuals who seem to have become very close friends.

Finally the questions

1) Do you trust the people you meet on this site with the information given? (Yes, I did see the giant disclaimer regarding the validity of information posted here.)

2) Would you ever engage in an online romance?
Personally, hell no. You have no idea who you are going to meet or if they are who they say they are. Besides, I'm happily married to a former marine smile_hear

This is definitely a nonsense thread, but my mind has been turning over this little nugget:
If you can't trust people to be who they say they are, how can you trust the information that they post on here. Surely not all established members are who they say they are.
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 Quoting: Zombietard


Very interesting contribution.

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Finally the questions

1) Do you trust the people you meet on this site with the information given? (Yes, I did see the giant disclaimer regarding the validity of information posted here.)

2) Would you ever engage in an online romance?
Personally, hell no. You have no idea who you are going to meet or if they are who they say they are. Besides, I'm happily married to a former marine smile_hear

This is definitely a nonsense thread, but my mind has been turning over this little nugget:
If you can't trust people to be who they say they are, how can you trust the information that they post on here. Surely not all established members are who they say they are.
 Quoting: *Aurora*


A few interesting things here.

Firstly, don't worry about making a so-called "mindless thread", as I believe this is fairly inclusive under the "lunatic fringe" section this site faciliatates.

About trusting information on here: You take everything in life, even from people you know in person or have known for years and even those you "trust", with a grain of salt. When it comes to anonymous posts or posters with years of credentials on a forum it's all pretty much the same to me: look into the topic, see what they're saying, and scout the dichotomies between fact and ficiton. What's left after all of that is generally their opinion beside what I feel are the'facts'.

So while the answer is "not really" or "definitely not 100%", to an extent, I do give some of the information here some value.


Now "online romances"? Those are dangerous. Talk about playing with fire when you're blindfolded? I'd have to say online romances, while conveniant for some, aren't only dangerous but detrimental. Folks can become withdrawn or lose interest in their life away from the computer with their percieved loved one. I'm stupid though, and am currently taking part in my 3rd "online relationship".

I did meet the first one and we dated for 3 years. The second lasted for 3 years also and ended without my meeting her. The current online relationship I'm a part of is pretty peachy and I should be meeting her in January if things work out. She's just a state away.

Overall though, it's really up to you to not be dumb and trust yourself to look into things beyond the surface level.
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lol.. nice pic..
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 Quoting: Zombietard


Very interesting contribution.

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Thank you!! hfhf I knew it would be appreciated! hi
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NO
Don't blame the puppet in the white house, blame the system he came up in.

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No and Hell No.
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Trust no one. I'm not really Robin Williams.
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Trust no one. I'm not really Robin Williams.
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lol..
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Finally the questions

1) Do you trust the people you meet on this site with the information given? (Yes, I did see the giant disclaimer regarding the validity of information posted here.)

2) Would you ever engage in an online romance?
Personally, hell no. You have no idea who you are going to meet or if they are who they say they are. Besides, I'm happily married to a former marine smile_hear

This is definitely a nonsense thread, but my mind has been turning over this little nugget:
If you can't trust people to be who they say they are, how can you trust the information that they post on here. Surely not all established members are who they say they are.
 Quoting: *Aurora*


A few interesting things here.

Firstly, don't worry about making a so-called "mindless thread", as I believe this is fairly inclusive under the "lunatic fringe" section this site faciliatates.

About trusting information on here: You take everything in life, even from people you know in person or have known for years and even those you "trust", with a grain of salt. When it comes to anonymous posts or posters with years of credentials on a forum it's all pretty much the same to me: look into the topic, see what they're saying, and scout the dichotomies between fact and ficiton. What's left after all of that is generally their opinion beside what I feel are the'facts'.

So while the answer is "not really" or "definitely not 100%", to an extent, I do give some of the information here some value.


Now "online romances"? Those are dangerous. Talk about playing with fire when you're blindfolded? I'd have to say online romances, while conveniant for some, aren't only dangerous but detrimental. Folks can become withdrawn or lose interest in their life away from the computer with their percieved loved one. I'm stupid though, and am currently taking part in my 3rd "online relationship".

I did meet the first one and we dated for 3 years. The second lasted for 3 years also and ended without my meeting her. The current online relationship I'm a part of is pretty peachy and I should be meeting her in January if things work out. She's just a state away.

Overall though, it's really up to you to not be dumb and trust yourself to look into things beyond the surface level.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 28723413


Interesting that you participate in online romances, as that is the whole premise of this Catfish show. I am interested in watching the movie after this.
I don't think that I would ever be able to trust an online romance. I have to see, smell, touch the person...though I am a bit too trusting in nature (says my husband, who refuses to make a profile here due to 'security issues').
How would you have this relationship without meeting the person?
I'm happy that you found someone! hf
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lol.. nice pic..
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I don't trust anybody...period
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lol.. nice pic.. good..
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Trust no one. I'm not really Robin Williams.
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And here I was going to ask for an autograph to sell online.
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lol.. nice pic..
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???
 Quoting: *Aurora*


that funny feeling you have.. keep it its for your own good.. be safe.. dont make silly threads..
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lol.. nice pic..
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???
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that funny feeling you have.. keep it its for your own good.. be safe.. dont make silly threads..
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You are a very confusing person Mr(s). Coward...care to elaborate?
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Finally the questions

1) Do you trust the people you meet on this site with the information given? (Yes, I did see the giant disclaimer regarding the validity of information posted here.)

2) Would you ever engage in an online romance?
Personally, hell no. You have no idea who you are going to meet or if they are who they say they are. Besides, I'm happily married to a former marine smile_hear

This is definitely a nonsense thread, but my mind has been turning over this little nugget:
If you can't trust people to be who they say they are, how can you trust the information that they post on here. Surely not all established members are who they say they are.
 Quoting: *Aurora*


A few interesting things here.

Firstly, don't worry about making a so-called "mindless thread", as I believe this is fairly inclusive under the "lunatic fringe" section this site faciliatates.

About trusting information on here: You take everything in life, even from people you know in person or have known for years and even those you "trust", with a grain of salt. When it comes to anonymous posts or posters with years of credentials on a forum it's all pretty much the same to me: look into the topic, see what they're saying, and scout the dichotomies between fact and ficiton. What's left after all of that is generally their opinion beside what I feel are the'facts'.

So while the answer is "not really" or "definitely not 100%", to an extent, I do give some of the information here some value.


Now "online romances"? Those are dangerous. Talk about playing with fire when you're blindfolded? I'd have to say online romances, while conveniant for some, aren't only dangerous but detrimental. Folks can become withdrawn or lose interest in their life away from the computer with their percieved loved one. I'm stupid though, and am currently taking part in my 3rd "online relationship".

I did meet the first one and we dated for 3 years. The second lasted for 3 years also and ended without my meeting her. The current online relationship I'm a part of is pretty peachy and I should be meeting her in January if things work out. She's just a state away.

Overall though, it's really up to you to not be dumb and trust yourself to look into things beyond the surface level.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 28723413


Interesting that you participate in online romances, as that is the whole premise of this Catfish show. I am interested in watching the movie after this.
I don't think that I would ever be able to trust an online romance. I have to see, smell, touch the person...though I am a bit too trusting in nature (says my husband, who refuses to make a profile here due to 'security issues').
How would you have this relationship without meeting the person?
I'm happy that you found someone! hf
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 28604765


Well I did say I met one of them and it lasted for 3 years. That ended up being my first 'real' relationship, ironically, and it was 15 when it started with a girl who was 18 months older than me.

The one that was online only, how did I deal with it? I went into it knowing it would be that type of relationship and interpreted it as a sacrifice. The girl herself was someone I felt I could impact, somewhat greatly, in a very positive way and I decided to take that opportunity and the sacrifice that came along with it. It paid off. My life is forever changed by her and I do think the effect I was aiming to achieve on her was also accomplished.

I'm very grateful. The 'relationship' I'm taking part in now isn't quite so intense or involved. It's mainly something to keep me in relatively good cheer throughout the day. I'm not sure I have any expectations for this for the time being.
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Finally the questions

1) Do you trust the people you meet on this site with the information given? (Yes, I did see the giant disclaimer regarding the validity of information posted here.)

2) Would you ever engage in an online romance?
Personally, hell no. You have no idea who you are going to meet or if they are who they say they are. Besides, I'm happily married to a former marine smile_hear

This is definitely a nonsense thread, but my mind has been turning over this little nugget:
If you can't trust people to be who they say they are, how can you trust the information that they post on here. Surely not all established members are who they say they are.
 Quoting: *Aurora*


A few interesting things here.

Firstly, don't worry about making a so-called "mindless thread", as I believe this is fairly inclusive under the "lunatic fringe" section this site faciliatates.

About trusting information on here: You take everything in life, even from people you know in person or have known for years and even those you "trust", with a grain of salt. When it comes to anonymous posts or posters with years of credentials on a forum it's all pretty much the same to me: look into the topic, see what they're saying, and scout the dichotomies between fact and ficiton. What's left after all of that is generally their opinion beside what I feel are the'facts'.

So while the answer is "not really" or "definitely not 100%", to an extent, I do give some of the information here some value.


Now "online romances"? Those are dangerous. Talk about playing with fire when you're blindfolded? I'd have to say online romances, while conveniant for some, aren't only dangerous but detrimental. Folks can become withdrawn or lose interest in their life away from the computer with their percieved loved one. I'm stupid though, and am currently taking part in my 3rd "online relationship".

I did meet the first one and we dated for 3 years. The second lasted for 3 years also and ended without my meeting her. The current online relationship I'm a part of is pretty peachy and I should be meeting her in January if things work out. She's just a state away.

Overall though, it's really up to you to not be dumb and trust yourself to look into things beyond the surface level.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 28723413


Interesting that you participate in online romances, as that is the whole premise of this Catfish show. I am interested in watching the movie after this.
I don't think that I would ever be able to trust an online romance. I have to see, smell, touch the person...though I am a bit too trusting in nature (says my husband, who refuses to make a profile here due to 'security issues').
How would you have this relationship without meeting the person?
I'm happy that you found someone! hf
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 28604765


Well I did say I met one of them and it lasted for 3 years. That ended up being my first 'real' relationship, ironically, and it was 15 when it started with a girl who was 18 months older than me.

The one that was online only, how did I deal with it? I went into it knowing it would be that type of relationship and interpreted it as a sacrifice. The girl herself was someone I felt I could impact, somewhat greatly, in a very positive way and I decided to take that opportunity and the sacrifice that came along with it. It paid off. My life is forever changed by her and I do think the effect I was aiming to achieve on her was also accomplished.

I'm very grateful. The 'relationship' I'm taking part in now isn't quite so intense or involved. It's mainly something to keep me in relatively good cheer throughout the day. I'm not sure I have any expectations for this for the time being.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 28723413


Kudos to you, then! I do hope it works out, or leads to better things.

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