Is 18 too young for online dating?

I made a profile online and I met this guy and he asked me out. When I got back home my parents asked where I met him and when I said "online" they freaked out and started yelling at me. My father told me that it was the "Dumbest thing I had ever done." The guy was nice and it was a good date but, I won't be seeing him again.

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I would also like to add that this was my first time ever going out with the opposite gender and that I never meet guys anyway because I'm always stuck at home.

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Most Helpful Guy

  • Well I can tell you with certainty it's not the dumbest thing you've ever done.

    The stigma around online dating is actually based on old information.

    In today's setting, there is a steep increase in the amount of people using and meeting through online dating and social sites.

    It's no longer the case that criminals, fakes and married people are the only one's using them.

    If you like using online dating sites, then feel free to do so. You will find like with anything in life, there will likely be plenty of duds along the way, but you can certainly find a lasting relationship online.

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What Guys Said 5

  • Remember that with online dateing that anyone can post any picture (not of them) and tell you all the lies that they want you to believe. Once you out the door with them your on your own... If the date goes bad you probably don't have anyone to come to your rescue. In todays day and age and with all of the weirdos out there.. Your taking a big chance. If you want to continue to date online I would suggest you meet in a public place and take your own car to meet the date. Don't agree to go anywhere with him where you would be alone until you really get to know him. Most of the trash out there isn't interested in getting to know you... So a long term...take it slow... don't be alone with him type of dating for a couple of months will reduce your chances of being harmed.

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  • I read statistic about online dating and younger girls get more messages and are in more in demand. Their demand starts to drop at like 27 or 28. Your dad just sounds really protective which is fairly normal.

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  • God no. But you're just turning into an adult so the reaction from your parents seem credible. Also be careful :-O we've all heard really creepy stories but things like that don't just apply online.

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    • I'm scared I won't be able to actually start dating until I move out because I'm really shy and it's better personally for me to start online anyway.

  • Your parents reacted that way because their of a different generation, and think the internet is full of nothimg but predators which obviously isn't the case. You said the date went well but you won't be seeing him again, why?

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    • I don't want to see him again anyway because my parents would want to sit down and meet him before we even went on another date. I don't believe in meeting a family too soon.

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    • I learned stuff about dating from tv, I thought that's how it usually went.

    • Its your call you should ask him tho.

  • Too young? No.

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What Girls Said 2

  • Is 18 too young for online dating?

    Not in my opinion

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  • I've met a couple of guys through online dating sites, and was around your age. I think it's fine as long as someone knows where you are/who you're with and you meet someone public. Not everyone that uses the internet has bad intentions, most are good. :)

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