Real or make-believe?….. that is the question. Can we find a way to
determine if the person we are falling for online is REAL??
This is one question that comes to mind a lot in online connections, be it
emails or instant messages, and is peculiar to ONLY online communications.
This cannot occur in any other venue except maybe writing letters back and
forth to someone you have never met, such as pen pals, women who write to
incarcerated men, etc.
we cannot see the person’s reactions to what we say, nor can we be
distracted by a million other forms of sensory input that happen in
person-to-person interaction, ONLINE communication becomes something
nebulous falling somewhere between REAL and FANTASY in our mind.
are real people talking to each other, but our mind has to find a place of
security that is alien to its natural process. If one has spent a lot of
time online interacting with others, one develops a place of security in
one’s mind where by we can launch a scenario that is optimum for each
particular person/case involved.
instance, if we are talking to someone who fits the criteria that we have
set for us to be able to explore a possible meeting, we have imposed a
certain chain of events that will certainly take us to that end.
we ask certain questions, interpret the answers, which lead to more
questions, which lead to more answers that finally give us the specific
information we need to make an educated guess as to the risk factor
involved in actually meeting this person face to face.
assessing all the things we have to assess, after eliminating a series of
reasons why to meet or not meet this person, we ultimately whittle it down
to whatever action we want to take.
one hand, with online dating, before we meet face to face, we have a hell
of a lot MORE information than we would have if we just met on the street.
Assuming they have told the truth, we usually know their age, where they
live, what they like sexually, and a lot of other personal things we’ve
demanded they answer before we determine a quasi match.
on the other hand, we have a whole lot LESS information than we would have
if we had met this person in real time (seeing how they dress, carry
themselves, relate to the world around them, how friendly they really are
within this nebulous space we now have to create a whole new set of rules
for ourselves. We have to come up with extra sensory perception that will
guide us in our decision-making so that we can find the lowest risk factor
possible for making the best assessment for success. Not only do we have
to decide if this person is compatible, but we have to give ourselves the
OK to bite the bullet and go for it.
more we meet people this way, the more we learn how our new sensory
perception has to develop. Each time we meet someone, we get the
opportunity to develop our skill.
we have this person in our face, the brain has to switch from that
nebulous place between REAL and FANTASY to REAL time. Now we fall back on
what has always been familiar to us and that is CHEMISTRY.
has a way of overriding much of the aforementioned data. New sensory input
invades the senses and qualifies or disqualifies all previous information.
This is the point where we go from the nebulous zone to a comfort zone.
least we can trust chemistry. It’s almost an absolute for us. Chemistry is
cut and dry. There is no question. We are in our comfort zone and know
exactly if this person is energetically in tune with us or not.
what if the guy has a nervous twitch or looks at every woman’s ass that
walks by, or what if the woman has an obnoxious high-pitched laugh? That
nebulous zone never factored these types of things in to the quotient.
The solution to this is to have a web cam. You can see how the person
responds to your words, see their facial movements, see their body, how
they look when you make them smile, hell you can even see their pets,
kids, and whatever else they care to show you.
can’t, however, see how they react to the world around them, or know how
friendly they are to senior citizens, or whether or not they have money in
the bank, but if you are wondering if you are at least physically
attracted to this person, the cam will show you a heck of a lot.
I think we create in our nebulous zone, how we want the person to be. When
the other person doesn’t meet that expectation, we tend to then say,
“they weren’t for REAL.” I am thinking that we create this
person, as we want to see them to make it OK in our mind to meet them.
when they aren’t THAT way really, aren’t WE ourselves to blame for making
up this super being?? How many times have you said, “This is
absolutely CRAZY!!?? I think I am madly in love and we haven’t even
met!! ” What we are “in love” with is the IDEA of this
person being everything we have made them out to be which is of course,
our perfect mate!!!
Is saying the person really wasn’t as they alluded to be, perhaps a
“self imposed” mistake or lack of awareness? Could it be that we
are eluding ourselves? If we can realize that we have done all we can in a
limited venue to find someone who for all intents and purposes matches our
criteria for romance, BUT that the hold out is the actual face-to-face
meeting as the be all and end all of ascertaining REAL attraction, I think
there would be a whole lot less disappointment, and a lot more success
are SELF IMPOSED and we ourselves need to be accountable for this. If the
other person does NOT meet our expectations, it might just be that we
built up a persona to suit our fantasy, and perhaps WE indeed, haven’t
The other thing that we run into a lot, unfortunately, are the liars and
deceivers who get their rocks off by hurting others or just seeing how
well they can bullshit their way into getting a date.
is where experience at meeting comes in handy. There are a lot of ways to
detect these people because they forget from one day to the next what lies
they told and stories aren’t consistent.
avoid these like the plague but even an experienced bullshit detector like
myself can still be fooled on occasion. BUT, I still prefer this venue for
meeting potential dates over all others and have learned that the bottom
line is to keep a very open mind, realizing that I am probably
grandiosizing a wee bit because I so earnestly want to meet people with
whom I can relate to and be myself with and I truly believe that with the
masses at my fingertips, I have much higher odds of being successful.
There is a magical dynamic that happens online that is not found in any
other venue and I sincerely believe it CAN be translated into real time,
with caution, awareness, and the ability to make the smooth transition
from that nebulous zone to REAL time, and allow yourself the grace to let
chemistry and face-to-face attraction be the deciding factor. Limit your
fantasies and know that they are the fuel, but they are not the REAL