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If you’ve met someone online, and exchanged some witty texts and so forward, do you know what he or she is truly like?

If you've met someone online, and exchanged some witty texts and so forth, do you know what he or she is really like?

Divorced, looking for love, (or just a decent person to date) in the age of Internet social media? Finding someone through Internet dating is sort of like being set up on a ‘blind’ date by friends, not all are good or welcome. Some are downright repulsive. Internet dating can be scaring too, you never know until you meet someone what will happen.

Fears and values of those who search online for love demonstrate some interesting facts. A female friend told me that women who date online fear meeting someone who turns out to be a serial killer. A masculine friend says guys fear meeting someone who is fat! Interesting! I don’t know if that’s truth or just urban legend-style statements but dating online does can be risky.

Still, take heart all you web-searching daters, there are fresh venues to visit in the world of online dating. Perhaps you should attempt something fresh. Have you ever thought about a virtual relationship? If you’re up to an interesting search you need to leave behind what you think you know about Internet dating and visit a site called 2nd Life. Launched on June 23, 2003 the virtual online site called 2nd Life was created by a company called Linden Lab for “dating”. Yes, the word is in quotes for a reason. This is truly virtual, no human contact dating.

Here’s how it works. In 2nd Life, and other sites like it, you can interact with others through the means of avatars. Your avatar can explore the world, known as the grid, meet other avatars, socialize, and participate in individual and group activities. Like Beyonce becoming her alter-ego Sasha Fierce, you create a entire other “you” whose world you can actually control in all aspects. Who among us doesn’t want to have a flawless life where you are forever youthful, beautiful, and life is exactly how you want it to be? You may want to attempt it just for the joy of it. Be careful however. It does help to recall that cyber-reality isn’t reality at all. Virtual dating can seem a bit sad if taken too gravely. As in the real world, there is also the unpleasantness of cracking up in cyber-space.

Not into avatars? Alright, there is also something called Virtual Reality Dating that combines the real world with the virtual world. It is designed for those people, who have met a real person online through a social media site, to get better acquainted before committing to an actual live date. If you’ve met someone online, and exchanged some witty texts and so forward, do you know what he or she is truly like? Would you like to know? Before you commit to meeting in the skin, invite them to spend an hour or two in a VR Dating simulator.

There are many scripts from which to choose. You can invite the real online connection to spend time in your virtual condo or go to a virtual hotspot. You can go to a ballgame, shopping at a virtual mall, or visit an art gallery, all this is done to see if you click as a dating duo. It sounds a little confusing but the positive aspect behind this virtual dating is that if you do determine to meet the person in the real world, you’ve already spent some quality time with them and gotten to know him or her. The general idea behind virtual dating is that by experiencing real-time interactions with potential matches online, users will waste less time going on traditional dates with unsuitable playmates.

Technology has forever altered the way humankind interacts and virtual dating is a product of our techno-lives. Whether it will make “meeting” a potential mate lighter or not is a matter of opinion and individual choice. The dating world may have been totally switched for all of us..

2013 copyright Kristen Houghton

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