I've had young clients tell me about serious disagreements they've had with friends when text messages and emails are misunderstood.Welcome back to The Attraction Doctor Experiences with online dating tend to be mixed.
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What is your opinion about people who reveal too much about themselves online?
What specific elements do we miss out on when we trade face-to-face communication for connecting through our computer or blackberry?
It may seem obvious to some, but I think we tend to forget about the importance of body language, voice inflection, and the simple act of looking someone in the eye during a conversation.
Whitty’s study shows very clear evidence that online daters are very strategic in the way they devise their online profiles.
In considering the structuring of a profile participants are mindful of two things: (a) to attract others; and (b) that others will not be disappointed when they meet up face-to-face.
Does it take away the "mystery" of getting to know each other in person or does it offer a means to communicate at a higher trust level? Those people who choose to reveal “too much” online are engaging in a personal preference.
If they have established a level of trust in the individual, then there should be no problem.
Having now spread far beyond the realm of college students to include people of all ages in countries throughout the world, Facebook and other social networking sites represent a new way of connecting with friends, colleagues, acquaintances, friends-of-friends, and even people we don't know who want to ‘friend' us via the internet.
But when we communicate online, whether it's on Facebook or through email, or when we tweet or text, what's missing?
I believe there is a problem when kids and children reveal too much because they are minors and there are many dangerous people lurking around the web.