"Online dating" doesn't just apply to match.com anymore. My friends and I have all dated people we've met on Tumblr, Facebook, Myspace, Livejournal (oh gosh, Livejournal, may you rest in peace) and various other social media platforms. In every single case of this happening our parents and/or guardians were not happy with the situation (even when we all became adults and in charge of our own decisions and whatnot).
I've always found myself more comfortable with people I've met online,
A. because I know that I have things in common with them before we start talking and B. it puts pressure off me to be funny and amazing on-the-spot in person the first time to ensure they continue talking to me. (I don't do well on-the-spot, hence why I write blogs and don't do improv comedy or something.)I like having time to think about what I'm going to type, and create a charming façade to cover my "awkwardness" up with.
I've come to the conclusion (after much data collection) that people who I meet online make better friends and better significant others, because they generally have similar core personality traits. They don't mind if I don't talk to them for two or three days at a time
. They don't mind that my definition of "hanging out" is, for the most part, sitting and blogging together in the same room while on gmail chat
. They think it's cute when I reblog something they've posted with an adorable or hilarious comment.
Unfortunately, my parental unit is very old-school about dating, and still firmly believe that the Internet was created by Satan for pedophiles and kidnappers to congregate on. So, the fact that I met my significant other online is something that is hard for me to explain to someone who thinks the Internet is inherently evil and possibly inhabited by the devil.
As I've grown older, I've just stopped sharing where I've met people altogether, as it is generally easier for everyone involved if they go into a meeting-the-parents situation without preconceived thoughts of oh-my-god-they're-from-the-Internet-they-must-be-rapists involved.What about you, have you dated people you've met online? How did your family take it? Did you tell them?Image source