Andre Torrez writes about the stigma of “meeting on the internet”. It’s a thoughtful piece:
At one point that night the entire group decided to walk from the place where we ate to a bar about four blocks away. As these things go our group quickly turned into a long line of people walking along the street. This was a Saturday night so there was the usual crowd of bar goers and people out for dinner.
While standing at a red-light (half our group continued walking, talking, and not worrying if the group behind them would catch up) a woman also waiting to cross asked, “What is this?” She was smiling like she was about to discover something that was cool. She looked hopeful.
“You will laugh if I tell you,” I joked. I was fairly intoxicated. I couldn’t think of anything better to say.
“No, tell me. What is this?” She looked at the group. We are from all parts of the country (and world) and so we are dissimilar both physically and the way we’re dressed.
“We are all members of a web site. We met online and are now meeting in person.”
She laughed. Not even in the, “okay, I get it” way or “that’s cute” way but more like the “that is very stupid” way. She said something like, “Yup, you were right,” and continued on her way.
I think this is a post that will develop into something more.