But it is also important to realize that online communication is a little different than face-to-face interactions and that for teens, protecting their physical and emotional safety has to be the top priority.As the Guide to Gay Life says, "You never know where a match will hit: the mall, Starbuck's..the grocery store.People throw up red flags when it comes to the 'net because it's all too easy for creeps to hide behind monitors and keyboards.
But the stigma of online dating is pretty much a thing of the past and plenty of people, both gay and straight do much of their dating over the Internet. Though teens are far more likely to be harassed or bullied by another kid online than they are to be targeted by a predator, this is still something to keep in mind.
Most standard dating sites require that participants be at least 18-years-old. Doing so could get you, and anyone you are in touch with, in real trouble. A lot of people have positive online dating experiences.
But others discover that while they might be looking for a relationship, the people the connect with seem to only want something physical.
Or that they just can't connect with anyone no matter how hard they try. He writes:"I'm so sick and tired of meeting guys online who don't want a relationship.
It isn't their fault if they're not interested in me, I'm just cursing my own bad luck.
Every person I add over MSN doesn't want a relationship, or I'm not the one they're looking for. The internet seems to be the only avenues to find other gay people."Now this is just one person's experience, but it is an important reminder that dating online can be just as frustrating as dating in person.
It makes me really doubt myself, because here I am, putting in so much effort to getting to know the person on the other side... The desire to be in a romantic relationship is a real and legitimate one.
And it is normal and natural for teens to turn to the current medium that so many people use to do so.
"Fantastic, I'd have never joined up to online dating if it wasn't for a friend of mine who set me up on your site. I've never been a fan of writing about myself or trying to 'big' myself up...... " "I met a total hunk on MSF, very true to his profile and one of the most gentlemanly men I have ever met!