When fat people are unable to find love irl, they inevitably engage in a relationship through a series of tubes. Although participants are generally 30 years old and up, their antics often resemble those of high school students.
According to the interwebz, fatties should keep the following in mind:
- These are people you are dealing with. Always remember that. They are not virtual entities. They are no less (and no more) real than the people in your everyday, offline life.
- Treat others online as you would wish to be treated.
- Not everyone on the Net will share your values or your sensitivities. Check out newsgroups and mailing lists before you join them. Some newsgroups permit flames; some permit "rugged, direct interchanges" that don't cross over into flaming; some require polite, considerate exchanges. Choose the groups where you feel comfortable.
- If you frequent chat rooms, keep in mind that it's possible to develop very strong relationships with people online, relationships that are different in quality and character from anything you've experienced offline. The anonymity of the Net lets you judge and be judged on factors other than race, age, sex, disability and so on. That can be very intoxicating. Beware this intoxication.
- The anonymity of the Net also encourages deception. People online frequently lie about their identity. This goes way beyond giving a false name to go with an online ID. The Net is also littered with people who have spent a very long time getting to know someone "intimately" online only to find they've been misled. There are three huge things missing from online relationships: physical presence, social context, and everyday experience. The person you get to know online is not the complete picture: remember this before offering your personal details, your money, your heart, or your life.
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