At what point do you decide to share information with an internet friend?

@dawnald (84131)
Shingle Springs, California
September 9, 2008 1:00pm CST
You are new to the internet. You are making lots of friends. There is one or a few that you really like and want to stay in touch with. At what point do you decide to trust an online friend with personal information such as your e-mail address, phone number, etc.? OR do you?
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@klaudine (3652)
• Indonesia
9 Sep 08
Well... I would rather share things with my internet friends, that to my RL friends. The reason is clear enough, because my internet friends doesn't know me and probably never gonna see me in the real world, and they've never seen me before, instead of giving the 'friends comment' they could give me more objective perspective. And also if I have to share something embarrassing I don't have to be cautious because they would never see me for real and they would never know my real identity anyway. LOL. So I think sharing with an internet friends is safer than sharing with RL friends
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Sep 08
as long as you don't give them your e-mail address, home address, phone number, social security number lol
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@klaudine (3652)
• Indonesia
10 Sep 08
LOL... friends are not gonna ask you that, aren't they? LOL.. but yeah you're right. Still we have some boundaries with those online friends, they could be a hacker wants to take out all of your money or use my identity for doing some crime LOL. That's a good suggestion, thank you for reminding me about those kind of things :)
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Sep 08
a friend is certainly not going to ask you for things that they can use to hurt you financially!
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@brisk123 (2826)
• India
10 Sep 08
I never give out my personal details,or my phone numbers or personal email address in chat rooms to any stranger but yes,I have to admit I have my dummy account,which I can give it to anybody unknown to me as person.I share my info when I feel that the person I am chatting with is somehow worthy of my trust.I trust my heart and my instincts.I had never gone wrong so far.I have few online friends,some I had even met in life and we are still in touch.Some though I haven't met them yet,we talk,we mail and we share our experiences in life.Happy myLotting!
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Sep 08
keep trusting your instincts!
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@fwangaa (3058)
• China
10 Sep 08
i can tell him/her my e-mail.i also tell him/her my telephone,but i don't have a phone,and i don't tell him/her my office phone,beacasue i have married.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Sep 08
I would think your home phone would be the problem if you're married.
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• India
10 Sep 08
I don't trust anyone on the internet, may be even after making friends with someone I take a lot of time to trust that person, I never give my details like phone number, address or whatsoever to any person on the net. Because all are strangers here and I dont know who will be your trust worthy friend and who is cheating, hence, so as to avoid risk, I will always see to it that I am on the safer side, but yes what i do is i always have my real name on the net, i never use any kind of pseudo names on any site here. I use my original name, but then never ever uploaded my photo or given any of my personal details. I feel happy being like this.
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Sep 08
Do what you're comfortable with!
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@hichamov (507)
• Morocco
10 Sep 08
in fact we do friends to keep in touch, so what's the problem to share our personnal informations... sure i gona share this informations when i feel that we become trustful enough :) and as long as the realtion become Closer , sharing this information just come alone by the time...
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Sep 08
only that people on the internet are not necessarily what they portray themselves to be.
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• United States
10 Sep 08
I don't know. I guess I would have to know the person for quite awhile before I was willing to give that kind of info. I guess you really have to rely on what your gut tells you. I mean if you've been talking to this friend for some time and you feel comfortable telling them other personal things, ok. Maybe. But if you've only known them for a very short time and you've spent very little time communicating, I would say no, epecially if they ask you first. The best thing is to just trust your intuition. If you don't have any bad feelings about giving the info. then go ahead. Just trust your instincts.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Sep 08
yep
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@Chevee (5915)
• United States
9 Sep 08
I always decide when it comes to the point that I feel I can trust that person. I decide this through their comments and and the statements they make. The way they present themselves to me. For instance, understand when I have a problem and they are willing to listen (read) and respond back to me in a positive way. If I make a mistake correct me instead of making fun of it. Always keeping in touch. And have a sense of humor. I have a few here I would love to keep in touch with through e-mail, phone numbers too if they would like to exchange them.
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Sep 08
me too, so far I haven't been wrong about anybody (that I know of)...
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@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
10 Sep 08
I very rarely do. I've been burned by online "friends" before so i kind of keep my distance. email address isn't too bad, but i sometimes avoid giving my real name and I never give out my phone number. I'm shy too so i'm sure that has something to do with it.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Sep 08
shy and having been burned before...
• United States
10 Sep 08
This usually hapens for me after I have spoke to someone for a little while. I see that we have several simular interests and I really enjoy their company. I will be like can I call you . They usually say yes. Very few have ben too scared to give their phone number,. Heck I even have met lots of folks..
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Sep 08
I've met one in person myself.