Dangers of internetonline dating

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INTERNET dating continues to grow in popularity worldwide.

As the preceding article in this series discussed, Internet romances may blossom quickly, but they often wither when reality sets in.* Still, there is a greater cause for concern than mere disappointment.

Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing A father named Michael was alarmed to learn at a seminar that a large proportion of children disobey parental rules against visiting dangerous Web sites.

“What troubled me even more,” he says, “was the shocking realization that pedophiles can use the Internet to lure minors into debased sexual activities.” When youths use the Internet to meet new people, they can be in far more danger than they realize.

Such a courtship can lead to a truly happy marriage.

Millions of people are "e-dating" in the hopes of finding that perfect someone.

It is far wiser to initiate meeting and making friends in person.

“When you talk with someone in person,” says George, quoted earlier, “you may learn something from his facial expressions and the tone of his voice. It’s easy to be fooled.” Wise, indeed, is the Bible’s advice: “Shrewd is the one that has seen the calamity and proceeds to conceal himself, but the inexperienced have passed along and must suffer the penalty.” (Proverbs 22:3) Granted, not everyone you meet over the Internet is a dangerous predator. A young man from Ireland named Sean admits: “It’s very easy to pretend to be something you’re not when you’re typing onto a computer screen.” Many people take all this deception lightly, rationalizing that it is only natural to lie a little bit when embarking on a romance. (John ) Dishonesty is the worst possible basis for any relationship, especially one that is intended to lead to a lifelong union.

Their son had been dating her on-line for six months, but they knew nothing about her existence until that moment! Would you not agree that such deceptions are a poor foundation for a courtship?

Choosing the Real Over the Virtual Internet dating may present other dangers.

They have pursued relationships using the Internet and have hidden the fact from their parents.

For example, the parents of a teenage son were startled one day when a young woman who did not share the family’s Christian beliefs arrived unexpectedly at their home after traveling over 1,000 miles [1,500 km]. They thought, ‘Our son could not possibly have fallen for someone whom he had never met in person.’ In fact, their son had been deceiving them—in effect, hiding what he really was.

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