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to think it is perfectly normal to meet people from the internet in real life?

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5inthebed Sun 14-Aug-11 21:32:22

And that it is becoming an everyday in this day and age?

I have a friend coming to stop at my house in a few weeks time, she is bringing her children, and I have children as well. We met on the internet (on a different parenting forum) years ago, and have met up twice since. She is like my best friend, my best online friend anyway.

My mother is disgusted by this. She thinks that I am putting my whole family at risk, and that said friend will be a mass murderer and pinch my kids. hmm

ToothbrushThief Sun 14-Aug-11 21:35:36

I have loads of friends who I have met online. They have yet to steal my kids.

I have met loads of 'strangers' but usually after chatting for a long time and I would class my best friends amongst this group now. We stay at each other's houses and share life events etc

OldLadyKnowsNothing Sun 14-Aug-11 21:35:44

Oh, I've met loads of people off the internet, not one has been an axe-weilding killer. So far.

Takitezee Sun 14-Aug-11 21:35:49

YANBU. I have met quite a few people over the years and have several good friends that I meet up with regularly.

wompoopigeon Sun 14-Aug-11 21:37:30

Just wait till she has to attend her first wedding where they shock met on the internet! The stress will probably kill her!

usualsuspect Sun 14-Aug-11 21:37:32

I think its a perfectly normal way to meet people

SaulGood Sun 14-Aug-11 21:38:20


Some of my best friends I've met on the internet.

5inthebed Sun 14-Aug-11 21:39:04

Ah yes, one of my best (male) friends met his wife on the internet and they have two children. I think her head would explode if I ever told her that.

nickschick Sun 14-Aug-11 21:39:16

My best friend (who ive never met) is an online friend -shes fab shame sdhe doesnt live near me though sad.

timidviper Sun 14-Aug-11 21:40:47

YANBU at all but remember times have changed. Your mother thinks like that as computers, internet, etc are all new to her generation. Long time ago now, my mother was once very concerned because we had our friends, a gay couple, to stay while our children were in the house! confused Move on almost 20 years and she would be totally different as times have changed and she has learned. It's just another of those generational things.

Bonsoir Sun 14-Aug-11 21:40:58

Yes, perfectly normal. I have met many MNers now and I don't think twice about it.

LaVitaBellissima Sun 14-Aug-11 21:43:28

Ask her if she'd ever had a penfriend, I think making friends on the internet is like a modern version of that.

Unless she's one of those crazy ladies who write to men on death row hmm

LaVitaBellissima Sun 14-Aug-11 21:43:53


RueDeWakening Sun 14-Aug-11 21:44:24

I married someone I met on the internet grin he's almost perfectly normal.


nenevomito Sun 14-Aug-11 21:44:50

Yes have met mners in RL and a bloody good thing too as they're lurvely!

MirandaGoshawk Sun 14-Aug-11 21:45:22

Personally, I wouldn't want to meet any of you. grin But I'm not a sociable type. I'm amazed, actually, to hear that people do it. I'm glad for you that you found a good mate. Good for you!

HowToLookGoodGlaikit Sun 14-Aug-11 21:45:57

I met both my husband and my bridesmaid online, plus I have 5 more friends I would regard as "close", all that I met online over the last 10 years.

FabbyChic Sun 14-Aug-11 21:46:24

My mother met her partner on the internet 9 years ago. She moved in with him after a week. They met at a service station on a Motorway.

PersonalClown Sun 14-Aug-11 21:47:08

I met DP online. He's now taking up space living here.
I've survived so far!! grin

2 of my best friends are onliners due to distance.

Its just the modern way of meeting new people.

hiddenhome Sun 14-Aug-11 21:48:42

I met my best friend on the internet and my husband.

Both these people have yet to murder me or steal my children grin

ChaoticAngeloftheUnderworld Sun 14-Aug-11 21:48:58

I've met plenty of people (not mners) off the internet. None of them have stolen my kids yet. Mind you if they did they'd soon give them back winkgrin

Snorbs Sun 14-Aug-11 21:49:23

I've got good friends I first met on-line over 20 years ago. We still meet up every now and then.

BeerTricksPotter Sun 14-Aug-11 21:49:50

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AuntieMonica Sun 14-Aug-11 21:50:26

i've made some fabulous friends online. some i have met, some not.

not all of us them are axe murderers wink

VelvetSnow Sun 14-Aug-11 21:52:15

I met DP online about 5 years ago, after months of cybersex chatting on msn, we decided to meet.

I knew I was perfectly safe, however the "what if" part of my brain ensured that my best friend knew which hotel I was staying in, and she was to call me twice a day to check i was still alive that i was having a nice time.

It's normal to meet online these days, chatting online is pretty much the same as meeting a stranger in the pub except that when chatting online you do not need to become an instant lipreader and just nod and smile over the music grin

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