To Chat or Not to Chat: That is the Question

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What do you use the internet for? Do you use it to research things for work or maybe it is a way that you can stay connected to the people that matter most? Maybe you use it to live a healthier lifestyle by looking for exercise tips and nutritious recipes. There are just so many different uses for the internet, it is like a world to itself.

One aspect of the internet that many people are afraid to delve into is to chat with strangers. As a whole, people are conditioned to think the worst in each other and they are often afraid that the people on the other side of the computer have some nefarious intention. Sure, there are some bad people out there who do, in fact, intend to do you harm… But, there are people that are like you and they just want to kill some time while dinner is cooking.

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Using the internet to make friends online is not as looked down upon as it once was. In fact, people even go so far and join dating chat sites like Wildbuddies to meet local people who want to make new friends and maybe even find love. If you think about it, meeting someone online isn't much different than meeting someone for the first time in a bar. But like attempting to meet someone in a bar or a club, there are some key rules to keep yourself safe.

1. Keep personal information personal.

If you meet someone that you are interested in getting to know better while you are chatting online, guard your personal information. You wouldn't tell Joe Shmoe that you met at a club your address the first time you talked to them, so you should tell Sexii_Papi00 either. Instead, keep the conversation light and stick to topics where you can get to know each other without asking questions that can easily identify you.

2. Don't agree to meet up right away unless you are comfortable.

So you have great chemistry with Sexii_Papi00 and you are really liking the things he has to say. He's got you interested and he knows it, but when he asked to meet up out of the blue, you get a funny feeling in your stomach. Honey, listen to your gut. If you have a funny feeling and it isn't good, then don't ignore it. Your intuition is a wonderful thing and it rarely steers you wrong.

3. Meet in public places and tell people.

On the flip side from the above situation, you may have been webcam chatting with this person for some time and you feel completely comfortable with them. It is both mutually agreed that you should meet up and hang out. That's great! Just before you leave for your meet up, you want to make sure you let someone you know where you are going and give them as much information about the person that you are meeting up. You want people to be able to find you if something should happen. Now, this isn't to deter you from meeting someone you met on a dating chat site, but it's just to help you stay safe.

The internet is full of wonderful people, and online chatting is a great way to pass the time and make new friends. You just have to be smart about it.

A post by Ryan Kh (323 Posts)

Ryan Kh is author at LeraBlog. The author's views are entirely his/her own and may not reflect the views and opinions of LeraBlog staff.
I'm Ryan, a business graduate with specialization in finance and marketing. After receiving bachelor degree, currently I am pursuing my master degree in IT cause I believe IT skills are very important in the contemporary business world. I'm passionate about writing stuff and blogging on Business / Tech / Marketing (like strategic decision making and digital business strategy) to intensify my skills.

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