We are all taught not to speak to strangers when we are children, but we seem to forget that when we turn into adults on the internet. There is a reason why sites like Omegle and ChatRoulette are so popular. It is because people love talking to people they don’t know online. This gives them a chance to vent about their problems, laugh about nothingness, and connect with other people instantaneously. As fun as this may seem, there is a real danger with talking to strangers online that you need to be aware of. Here are some points that you may want to keep in mind when you get on the computer.
You Never Know Who You Are Talking to
This is an obvious point, but it really needs to be addressed. You never know who you are talking to online. It could be someone just like you, or it could be a serial killer that just escaped from prison. Hell, it could even be a future employer or a family member of yours. There is no way to tell who is on the other side of the screen, even if the person gives you a name. Who knows if that is real? The mystery may be enticing to you, but it could also be really dangerous. That is why caution is key.
You Are Never Safe
Some people try to divert strangers from stalking them by just giving out their first names or giving out fake names in general. That may not be enough to keep you safe. A friend of mine once talked to a girl on Omegle that thought his name was Freddy Burbon because that is what she told him it was. However, he didn’t realize that he had a work shirt in the background with his real name on it. The girl never said anything about the shirt, but she did request to be his friend on Facebook a few weeks later. Just about anything in the background or anything you say could give someone a path to stalk you through. That is why it is best to avoid the process from the start.
You May Get Addicted
If you like attention and meeting new people, you literally could get addicted to the process of talking to other people on the internet. I did, unfortunately, and it caused some serious problems in my marriage. My husband and I are both over that now, but I actually have sites like Omegle blocked from my computer so I’m not tempted to go on them. There is such a rush that comes with talking to people from all over the world, but that isn’t reality. It’s the internet and it is dangerous. You have to always keep that in your head if you want to be safe in life.
If you are going to talk to strangers on the internet in spite of my warnings, make sure you do so in a neutral location with no identifying marks for your name or location. You need to be up against a blank wall without a window, and you need to use a fake name. Never friend someone on Facebook after meeting him or her online. You never know what kind of trouble that could lead to in the future. Think of this as if you are talking to someone from Herzing University online, and don’t abuse the system. If you are truly cautious with your actions, you can hopefully converse with others without losing too much in the end.