Meeting People Online

By Toni
@toniganzon (38631)
Philippines
October 8, 2010 7:26am CST
The internet has connected me to many kinds of people online: religious people, perverted ones, kind and warm-hearted people, as well as long lost friends. This is just one of the things that the internet has provided and it's what I enjoy especially chatting with people. Some said it's dangerous, but I think it depends on how you deal with people. If you're ignorant and a little bit naive, yes you can be fooled by others online and offline too. So, what's your opinion about gaining friends online?
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@kevin1877uk (35736)
7 May 16
I love it and I've only ever met one person in person from my online world which was my ex-partner.
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@toniganzon (38631)
• Philippines
8 May 16
When I was in Bangkok I met a friend I was chatting with on BBM many years ago. We had been chat friends for like two or three years. He was from New York but he travels a lot. Then he told me he was visiting Bangkok in December and at that time I was in Bkk too. Our first meeting, i was accompanied by a friend as I didn't want to go alone, but our first meeting went so well. It's like we really knew each other already and we were just laughing and having fun that night. The second time we meet we were just alone and had lunch at a restaurant. It was the last time too.
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@kevin1877uk (35736)
8 May 16
@toniganzon Why was it the last time?
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@toniganzon (38631)
• Philippines
8 May 16
@kevin1877uk he went back to New York that same day. we got busy with our respective lives after that.
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@Jadsta (269)
• Gibraltar
8 Oct 10
Yeah, I agree :) The internet is a great place to make friends, on websites and forums, as well as online games such as World of Warcraft and others. I think the main reason that people come together and make friends so often on the internet is because of a few reasons. First of all, you're usually looking for the same things or playing the same games on the internet, so it's one big thing you both have in common. This also means that there are probably a lot more things in common with that person and that means you're more likely to be "compatible" with that person. The second thing is that, usually you won't see or hear anyone, it will just be typing. Even though many people say that it has nothing to do with appearance in the world, it does, very much so. If someone types something on the itnernet, as I am right now, you can understand me well and relate to me, and create an image of myself in your head. You don't think of me for what I look like or sound like with my voice or appearance, but rather you just think of me for who I am and what I am telling you now. This is the biggest reason that so many people make so many friends on the internet. Sometimes you'll make a good friend and then eventually talk over coice chat or use the webcam, and be completely surprised and slightly put off, thinking that you never would have imagined your friend looking or sounding the way he/she does. This simply goes to show what I mean. In normal circumstances, you may have never gone up to the person to even give them a chance, and that is fine, it is human nature. I know it's a pretty big wall of text, but that is how I see it, and why I think that it is so much easier and more common to meet people online. Unfortunately in this world, general appearance and presentation in real life is naturally very important, and shapes the communities around the world. Anyway, uhmm, yeah :)
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@kodukodu84 (1576)
• Malaysia
8 Oct 10
I mostly used internet to stay in contact with my family and friends. Then apart from that I'm participating on sites like mylot. I used to do all the chatting and looking for more friends online on my younger days but I eventually got bored and over it. Since my life was getting busier, adding friends from online sites were not practical anymore to me because I had no more times communicating with them much as I have a job to work on. So nowadays I only stay with Facebook and communicate with all my friends that I know from school and work and also my family.
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@fey008 (295)
• Indonesia
8 Oct 10
wow... that is very good.. my friend... not only gaining friend... but also could be gaining our online business. if i can said, right now business without friend and internet... will so hard to growth...
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@mods196621 (3631)
• Philippines
9 Oct 10
We can do a lot of things online meeting with friends, new friends others, doing works and a lot more. And it is in our way on how to use this technology and become affected. We can make our life good and miserable inside the internet arena by doing wrong. But still we are the most powerful that the device. We have the mind that can think the right and wrong. So let us enjoy using the internet!
@sjhaeki (798)
• Philippines
9 Oct 10
i would agree. other than the educational and entertainment purposes the internet has served us, it has given us a few online friends. There are all sorts of friends, some you just know for the time being and some, surprisingly last longer. True, having or gaining friends online can become dangerous if you're not careful and be practically naive. and as you said, that goes for offline friends as well. i like meeting new friends online, if they are from another country, it allows me to know more about him/her and his/her country and culture and stuff.
@iwinagain (546)
9 Oct 10
I think it's fine to make friends online as long as you're careful because you never know who the person behind the other screen really is. They may say they are this kind of person but who they say they are may not be true. If it's someone to chat with and play games with online, that's fine. But if they ask for your personal information and they want to meet up with you in person, then you should be more careful. I heard of some people meeting up with someone else that they've met online but they do it in public places and they bring a friend or someone else they know with them just to be safe. There are actually online dating sites where people who match up with each other meet together in person. There are some genuine people on the internet but then there are others who are fake and are not what they seem online. So always be careful.
• Philippines
9 Oct 10
yeah i like the idea bout it, connecting to different people and lost friends. and yes, that includes the pervert ones! ahahah i so agree on how we deal with people. peole get fooled only when they allow others to fool them. however there are also those people who are aside being pervert, they are also rude. eesshh.. i hate to deal with this kind of people, such a waste of time. i love using mirc when i chat, and these pervert dawgs are all other it. we just have to deal on how to ignore them. but i love how i am able to connect to friends especially those who are far away.. till next time.. God bless!
@anurag3786 (6275)
• India
9 Oct 10
I think Internet is the good way for us to meet many new peoples. And also social networking plays a good role to meet with many new persons. So I think sometimes we met good persons and sometimes we met bad persons. But I never make a person to my friends who are really bad. I always like those peoples to make my friends who have really very good nature. I have some online friends who are really very good friends of mine.
@maebelle (190)
• Philippines
9 Oct 10
well its true to me... i found my long lost friends through online social networking sites.. then if i dont have load and i have questions to my clasmates i can contact them through online chatting maybe. well, the internet really helps, maybe social or learnings. so we are really blessed that we have internet now a days..:)