Ok so I met this guy online. I wasn't expecting to meet anyone but we started chatting and then started emailin and now we text. Everyone tells me I am crazy for doing this. But if I had reason to believe he was a creep, I would have ended my contact with him. He has never asked for info from me, only pictures. Heck I was the one who asked for his e-mail address. He seems like a completely genuine 18 year old. We're like penpals.
So I am asking this because everyone is giving me grief about it. Girls, what would you do in this situation? Guys what do you think? Am I totally crazy?
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Girls crack me up with online dating. Girls my age will go to a bar and go home with a different random guy every weekend without thinking twice. Then, when they get online and meet a guy on a dating website, they automatically assume he is a creep/psycho/stalker/killer/loser or all of the above. It's a pretty hilarious double standard.
But anyway, all commentary aside, there's nothing wrong with meeting a guy online. There are, however, a few things you should do just to be safe. Like mentioned below, do not tell him your last name, address, or where you go to school or work until you've met him. The best thing to do is to establish a time and place in public to meet him. Tell him you'll bring a friend so you can all hang out. Suggest that maybe he do the same. But just make sure that it's a public place. This will allow you to get to know him better and develop a better sense of him in person. If he's a reasonable, understanding person, this won't be any problem for him to accept. However, if he pushes for a private setting, for you to be alone, or for you to travel a significant distance, those are huge red flags. If it's someone far enough away that meeting in real life isn't feasible, place your right hand 2 inches in front of your forehead, and hit it with your left hand, because what were you thinking. That won't work and is too much work for the high chance that it's a creepy or dangerous guy.