It really does. I once chatted with someone I didn't know, and gave him the link to my school's website. He eMailed one of my teachers and she confronted me about it. It was ultra embarassing and really disrespectful on his part, since he didn't even mention it until later.
Another time I chatted with a girl online that lived in another country. I sent her a letter and a photo of me. Later, we got into a big arguement and she threatened to post my picture onto the internet...a porn site. I was only 10, so this scared me to death.
I don't talk to people online that I don't know anymore. At all.
I can actually dispel some of those horror stories. My boyfriend and I met online and after sometime of talking we changed our typed convos to phonecalls. I got to know him better that way, the hustle and bustle of his family's life; I talked to family members,friends ( and corny enough even crooned at his dog..yeah yeah I know shaddap!) We were going to meet in 'neutral' territory but I had to cancel a month before so I eventually agreed to visit his family's home for Thanksgiving. Everything went great! He picked me up from the airport, I met his family and was the victim of many: " It's good to finally meet you's" and " So You're the infamous Jess" ...Here's the only difference... YES I went to this guy's house, YES it seems like I've over done it on the naivete...This doesn't mean that everyone should do it. Everyone is different and there's always an excepion to the rule... I was lucky to actually find an honest person, make friends with him and continue from there...besides FIVE YEARS WAS LONG WAIT!!!!
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