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Family, friends, and responsibilities become secondary. A young woman named Monika, in Austria, says: “I started to neglect important relationships because I spent much time on the computer with people I met on-line.” Troubled by this insight, she decided to quit using the Internet that way.
Of course, many are able to make balanced use of the Internet.
Communication by E-mail can be a very helpful way to stay in touch with friends and loved ones.
Surely you would agree, though, that nothing is quite the same as face-to-face contact.
And what dangers does this present to those who are looking for romance?
Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing A father named Michael was alarmed to learn at a seminar that a large proportion of children disobey parental rules against visiting dangerous Web sites.
And when it comes to romantic attachments, dishonesty presents terrible dangers.
For example, the parents of a teenage son were startled one day when a young woman who did not share the family’s Christian beliefs arrived unexpectedly at their home after traveling over 1,000 miles [1,500 km]. They thought, ‘Our son could not possibly have fallen for someone whom he had never met in person.’ In fact, their son had been deceiving them—in effect, hiding what he really was.
Their son had been dating her on-line for six months, but they knew nothing about her existence until that moment! Would you not agree that such deceptions are a poor foundation for a courtship?
Further, quoted an author as saying: “Internet dating can be bad because people get deceived.” It adds: “People often switch sexes. Sadly, some young people have fallen into another sort of dishonesty.
They have pursued relationships using the Internet and have hidden the fact from their parents.
Some of the dangers are related to an important Bible principle.