Corrie Kramer did not expect to meet her fianc/ on the Internet.
“I’m online a lot talking to friends and beginning to date just happened naturally,” said Corrie Kramer, a sophomore open option seeking technical journalism major.
Kramer’s experience with online dating led to her engagement to a man she met on the Internet.
In the past, some college students have met love interests at parties, in classes or at bars. Now a new trend has hit campuses in the form of online dating.
There are a variety of ways to go about finding dates via the Internet. Whether students go through locally-directed sites such as www.ramsingles.com or more well-known sites like www.yahoo.com, the procedure is similar.
According to Dating-Services-Guide.com, most Web sites have singles fill out information regarding the sex and age of people in whom they are interested. Next, people give some general information describing themselves.
The site said meeting people online benefits those with little time for the dating scene.
“After having a baby in April, it’s hard for me to go out to clubs and other places,” Kramer said. “This is also nice because you can get to know someone on a less superficial level.”
Although dating Web sites attempt to help singles meet others with similar interests, the sites sometime cannot prevent people from lying. People may present false information in order to attract others.
“The dishonesty that I’ve ever encountered has been with personality traits,” Kramer said. “People say they’re something that they are not.”
The fear of deception prevents some students from participating in online dating.
“I wouldn’t try it because you really don’t know who you are talking to,” said Lindsey Roskos, a sophomore zoology major.
To avoid any kind of danger when meeting someone in person, online daters should follow some safety precautions, said CSU Police Department Capt. Bob Chaffee.
“New technology has many benefits, but presents challenges that can result in less than a positive outcome,” he said. “Obviously some folks try to take advantage of juveniles in those type of situation.”
Chaffee recommends that students use common sense to ensure safety, including getting plenty of verifiable information, such as a home address and phone number.
“Meet them with a friend or at least in a public place,” Chaffee said.
Kramer agrees with this advice.
“Talk to someone a lot before you meet them in person,” she said. “Also, tell one of your friends where you are meeting them.”