How gullible are you?
July 17, 2017 8:02am CST
Gullible - According to Dictionary.com - 'easily deceived or cheated' Synonyms include: credulous, trusting, naive, innocent, simple, green The internet has given us the opportunity to communicate with people from all over the world....people we normally would not meet. Since there is no face-to-face interaction and usually no way to verify information, how do we know the people we are talking to are telling the truth? We don't - we have to trust our instincts. I may have been young, trusting and naive many years ago, but that's not me today. I am 99 percent sure I am not easily deceived. I say 99 percent because some people are very good at telling untruths. I can tell you all kinds of things about myself, but are they true? If I were to tell you a bunch of outrageous lies would you believe me, believe my lies? Sure, we get taken once in a while....like buying a 'miracle product' that in no way could possibly work.... But being deceived by another human being is different. How trusting are you? How gullible are you? Photo from PIxabay
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• Manchester, England
I have never considered myself as gullible and always recognise scams instinctively. However, for online acquaintances we have very little to judge by. If a person chooses to masquerade as being different to what they are, it could be impossible to detect. They have the option to think closely before responding. Furthermore we are unable to observe their general demeanour as we could with offline acquaintances.
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• Fairfield, Texas
That's the one good thing about "experience being a good teacher" @AbbyGreenhill . The older we get the more cynical we become. I wouldn't even believe someone if they had their hand on a Bible and swore they were telling the truth.
• Portland, Connecticut
I am skeptical in the extreme. But so far, my experience with the people I have met online has been really good, I have met lots of them in person and they are exactly who they purported to be. But, if someone didn't want to meet, I would assume they have something to hide!!
• United States
I have met several from the old writing sites and one I'm friends with and I write for her blog. One turned out to be a little too off the wall for us....he talked non-stop about himself for hours while we sat and had to smile and nod LOL!
• Manchester, England
It is expected for a person to be different than we think because we tend to create a mental picture of a person, which cannot be accurate. It is like reading a book and then watching the film. We have already created our own image of the characters and even imagine a voice for them. Clearly this character would be impossible to emulate.
• United States
Am I gullible? No. I've lived too much of life to be that way. I hope I don't lose that as I start to lose my mind. I can usually smell a scam a mile away. I appreciate that I have an ability to listen to others and watch for cues, even here online. Am I wrong? Most likely, but I can usually spot things fairly easily. I have traveled and stayed with people in Europe that I met here online. But the moment that I met them, I would not have hesitated to change my mind, if I thought I had been wrong. So, does that make me gullible? I guess buy some definitions, yes. But I don't think I'm very gullible. The way I look at it, there are people that I have known for 50 years that have duped me into believing they care. There are people that I have met online, who I would trust with my life.
Like you said how do we know you are telling us the truth here? I either trust so far or do not trust at all. I put up a wall and when it goes down and someone makes me feel terrible then I am angry and do not want to trust again. There are people that I do know that I trust with my heart and others not. I was the only one that knew what these people that lived above me here in my building for two long years were like. They were liars and did not know the truth if they stepped on it. Others did not pay attention, but, since we lived directly below they we got the noise they made. People here would not listen so I was really alone with my cat to deal with it. I hope they are gone and but I think there are some up there again that act the same way. I have not seen anyone so do not know. Sick people are good examples of deceiving people. They can be very charming and then there are those that really see what they are like and others do not. I hope I have learned throughout the years not to be so gullible.
• Boise, Idaho
I think that when I was young I was very gullible. I learned a lot. I am now not very trusting at all. I have learned by trial and error and so I am very vigilant and careful now days. Good common sense and trusting our instincts is very important. Young people don't seem to take this seriously and they should. Even some older folks don't seem to.They are so innocent and trusting it is rather sad.