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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Pros and Cons of Meeting Someone From the Internet in Person

Shelby's When Angels Sing takes the reader through an online-to-person meetup gone wrong. This opportunity that social networking sites create is a double-edged sword. Here's a look at my thought process:

Pro: Meeting people from the internet is one of the best ways to meet like-minded people.
Con: Something like 93% of communication is physical - eye contact, the way our body moves, etc. This can lead to someone easily manipulating you with words. Put yourself back in English class and read between the lines of chat messages and emails as much as you can.

Pro: It's easy to connect with someone when you're first exposed to them via texts and the like. They're like a voice in your head without the real-life quirks that can end up driving you up a wall.
Con: Ultimately, you never know what kind of person you're going to meet until you meet them. Even then, their true self may stay hidden for a while. Some people may mention that you take a chance whenever you meet a stranger. While that's true, when you meet someone from the internet, you may end up meeting someone that doesn't go out much. This makes the dynamic different than say - meeting someone at a city's fireworks show.

Pro: If your real life social network is boring you, meeting a new, like-minded person can breathe fresh air into your social life.
Con: If you start meeting many people from online, the convenience of this process could make you treat people as disposable. For example, if you're looking for Mr. Right, a minor drawback may be a deal breaker because you can always meet another someone else online.

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