After TMZ reported this news, mothers, sisters and BFFs everywhere told their single friends and relatives, “You can’t do online dating! It’s dangerous!” And many online daters themselves wondered if their next date would be with an aspiring Jeffrey Dahmer.
The logic, of course, being that if James Holmes was a member of an online dating site, then online dating sites are a haven for sociopathic killers.
Okay, so let’s look into this a little further, shall we? I’ll bet that Psycho Holmes has also been in a bar or two in his life. So then, applying the same logic, bars are unsafe. Fine, no bars. And he was also a university student. Alrighty, then, university campuses are off limits – in fact, all current and former college students are potential mass murderers, so cross them off the list. And Holmesy was reportedly a real smarty pants, so he has probably visited the library on more than one occasion. Got that? Absolutely no meeting potential love interests in libraries! Clearly, libraries are shady, menacing establishments!
In other words, you must not, under any circumstances, meet anybody because if you do there’s a chance that your severed head may wind up in their refrigerator.
Are you getting my drift (and sarcasm) here? Fine, I’ll spell it out for you. The fact that James Holmes participated in online dating makes it no more or less safe than meeting a new person anywhere else – be it your apartment complex, Starbucks, church or a porn convention.
I suppose if you want to be extra-super cautious, you can rely on your friends to introduce you to potential love interests. I actually quite favor this notion. My friend can vouch that my date has no criminal record and has never made mention of the quickest way to obtain semi-automatic firearms.
However, if your friends are slackers like mine and don’t put your love life at the top of their priority list, you are forced to search out other ways to find your soul mate.
It’s disturbing but true, folks, psychopaths walk amongst us and they could be anywhere. But luckily, they are few and far between. So few and far between, in fact, that I am not going to let it stop me from living my life.
Yes, you absolutely must be smart and exercise caution when online dating. I suggest you follow these sound bits of advice by fellow SW Experts Addie and LifeBytes. Read these tips, and practice them judiciously. Oh, and if your match’s headline reads, “Will you visit me in prison?” you can confidently put them in the “Oh, hell no!” category.
Unfortunately, you can simply never know for sure if the next person you meet, online or off, will have a collection of human spleens piled up in their bathtub. But you also never know if that person is a benevolent, upstanding member of society – and the love of your life.