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Summary

We should always remember that the risks of meeting people in the online world are not much different than in the “real” world. Face-to-face you might have more clues (visual, verbal, dress, appearance, habits, etc.) to come to conclusions about the character of a person, but you can never really know what is in the heart or mind of another person. Online people may reveal more about themselves, their real intentions, and aspirations because of the protective screen of anonymity.

This anonymity is the real difference. People often play-act roles which they cannot play in public. Predators can hide in the shadows. Everyone is outstanding in appearance, if they do say so themselves. People will tell you their darkest secrets and aspirations with the shield in place, from the comfort of their homes and offices. (Because, online you can always disconnect and pretty much disappear without a trace.)


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