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Member Rara Avis
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0 posted 08-21-99 03:37 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Until a few years ago, the norm was to meet someone, date them, get to know them, etc. That was the foundation for romance.
Yet nowadays, when we spend more time on the computer, talking to or about people we have never even laid eyes on, there is another forum for romance.
But it isn't necessarily a safe forum.
True, if both people are honest, you have the chance to begin to love someone wholly for themselves, for their mind. That alone, could be the biggest "pro" for internet love. It bypasses the immediacies of personal contact, allowing one to feel more at ease, and perhaps to open up without fear of rejection. I know personally, that I have met quite a few people (one in specific) that have dazzled me with who they presennt themselves as.
But therin lies the biggest "con." Are they really who they claim to be? Or, knowing full well that I cannot see them, are they just someone pretending to be who they are not.
And to add to the confusion here, don't people do that face to face as well?
Is that a very intelligent girl of sixteen flirting with me, or is it really a mature woman, with a soft heart and dazzling form of expression?

Sanity is the playground for the unimaginative.

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1 posted 08-21-99 08:41 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

It has it's good points and bad. What old, ugly woman would have the chance to flirt with a young, sexy guy in 'real life'? What tongue tied 17 year old boy would ever have the chance to be taken seriously in 'real life'? This 'internet' has stripped away that which clogs our soul.....our prejudices.
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2 posted 08-22-99 07:57 PM       View Profile for JP   Email JP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JP's Home Page   View IP for JP

Christopher, PDV... you have summed up the perfection of the internet. A place where one can be who one wants to be, or one can find the perfect mate - and never have the sting of reality to deal with.

Those who use the net for the purpose of really meeting someone special as their life's mate, are hopeful at best. The internet is a stage where the world can be the actor and the audience at the same time.
Anything more than that, is sadly desperate.

Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.

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3 posted 09-01-99 09:06 PM       View Profile for doreen peri   Email doreen peri   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for doreen peri

ummm...... do you really think an intelligent sixteen-year-old girl could fool you into believing she was a warm, tender mature woman with wit, passion and intelligence? I don't think she'd fool you for very long.

I think that meeting people on the internet is pretty much the same as meeting them in the real world. It doesn't take long to see through someone that's conning you, if you keep your eyes open.

And, just like in the real world, a person my WANT that love so badly, that they believe the wrong person.

Sincerity, honesty, integrity-- all signs of character--- will eventually show through if they are truly part of that person. Just as deceitfulness and other negative character traits will show their face eventually. If you are honest with people yourself and if you have enough experience with those who aim to hurt you or use you, you can see them coming--- whether from down the street or over cyberspace.


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