7 Tips On How To Meet Someone You Met Online In Person… Safely

Meeting someone you met online in person might sound like something that only happens in romantic comedies or scary PSA’s about safety, but new research proves that it’s happening a lot more than some of us may have thought. A new study shows that 30 percent of U.S. teenage girls have met up with someone they met off the Internet at least once in their lives.

The most disturbing part of this research? The majority of girls who put themselves out there online in a sexual way were girls who had suffered some sort of physical or sexual abuse or neglect. Putting provocative images online or presenting yourself as someone who’s just looking for a hookup is super dangerous – it increases your risk of being spotted by gross perverts who are creeping on the Internet looking for vulnerable girls.

If you’ve ever read a terrifying kidnapping story in the newspaper or watched the new MTV show Catfish, the thought of meeting someone through the Internet can seem pretty terrifying. And, yeah, it can be very dangerous… but it’s not always all bad. There are plenty of happy couples out there who met online, through dating sites, Myspace, Facebook, whatever floats their boat. The people you meet online aren’t always 50-year-old pervs disguised as cute 18-year-old’s. I know that a lot of teen girls are going to meet people online no matter how often they’re told that it’s dangerous. But in order to safely meet up with someone you met on the Internet, there are a few things you should always do or keep in mind.

Have you ever met someone online? Would you ever? Do you know anyone who did? What tips do you have? Tell us in the comments!


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  • Emily

    I was always the kind of person who was like “I’ll never ever meet anyone online, that’s not my style.” but then, about three weeks ago I met this guy and we ended up staying up all night talking. We skyped and he was just gawking over me (it was adorable) but after we hung up I started freaking out because although I had seen him, he could’ve still been anyone. So I told him about my worries and he said that he totally understood and that I could take all the time that I needed to figure out what I wanted to do and if I wanted to stop talking to him he’d understand. I went like 12 hours before I realized that I couldn’t imagine not talking to him. I’m obviously still careful, but I can feel myself falling more and more for him every day. And amazingly, he feels the same about me.

    Anyway, the point is be careful and trust your instincts. Thankfully, I didn’t get any murderous vibes from this guy, but if I would’ve you can bet that I would’ve high tailed it out of there.

  • Michelle

    Yes I have and he has me on 24 survalience. I like him but he keeps playing games with me.