Last night I watched a film from 2011 called “When Strangers Click: Five Stories from the Internet” last night. I found it fascinating. It showcases five people and their experiences with meeting online. Some of the stories are heartwarming; others show the pain of the dark side of online dating where people are not always who they seem to be.
What I like about this film is that it can give us hope: one couple who were overseas when they met actually married and have stayed together for 9 years. At the same time, it’s realistic: one person had a very disheartening experience and continues to be single. There is a wide range of experiences in this film – typical of people’s varied results with online dating.
I have to say that I marveled at the couple who met and developed a virtual relationship through Second Life ( “a free 3D virtual world where users can socialize, connect and create using free voice and text chat”). It’s not for everyone, but it seemed to work for them.
What do you think about online dating? Do you like how your world opens up to people you wouldn’t ordinarily meet in daily life – or do you prefer the old-fashioned way? What are your concerns about online dating? I’d love to get your comments!