Has anyone here ever met someone they knew from the internet in real-life?
I know it's a touchy subject for most people, but it I'd like to hear your experiences with it, if any. And if not, your opinion on the matter.
I'll start by saying I met someone from the internet face to face. It wasn't any kind of romance or anything. It was a guy, and I'm not homosexual. I met him off a game forum where he moderated an off-topic game forum concerning Spirituality and the like. We've talked back and forth for about 2 1/2 years on AIM and the forum until we agreed we'd known each other well enough to met in person, without feeling completely awkward. And since then have been great friends. He's an INTP, enjoys a lot of the same music and ideas on life as I do. Anyway, I decided I was ready to have him over to my house. Funnily enough, he lived thirty minutes down the road, in the same state, same county, all that. We laughed.
I was somewhat skeptical about him coming over, since until then I haven't met anyone from the internet in real-life, but I trusted my instincts anyway.
When he came over it was the most surreal experience. I was actually pretty nervous, as I'm sure he was, even though we've been talking all this time. He never met anyone from the internet, either, so it was mutual between us. From the moment I saw his car drive down my driveway, to the doorbell ringing, I was on alert. But he was totally cool. Without having a visual representation of him, he looked how I expected him to. I sort of have a keen sense of understanding of how people look based on how they type.
It was interesting talking with him over lunch. It's like we knew each other but didn't at the same time. Despite the bits of awkwardness, I got over it as the day progressed. I know how he thinks, which is a lot like mine, so I just treated him how I would expect for someone to treat me, and it worked out nicely. We have this awesome ESP thing going on too, where we could almost read what we would say next. It's neat having a friend like that.
We had a pretty laidback night. We had pizza and a movie, played video games, listened to music, had intellectual conversations, and just hung out - just like we like it.
I enjoyed meeting and hanging out with him, although my Dad was skeptical. I didn't tell him how I met him, so he had his eyes on me all day. Still, to this day, he doesn't know. And hey - whatever; I'm an adult, so I didn't feel like he had to piggyback me through my decisions.
My friend is usually busy so I haven't had a chance to speak with him lately or possibly plan another meetup. Last time I talked to him, we were thinking about getting a gathering full of the members from that forum together. There are a few others in my area who are possibilities but it's up in the air now. I'd like to hang out with him again, 1 on 1. Introvert to introvert. I like it better that way.
Anyway, I think I've rambled far too much. If anyone else has met someone from the internet in real-life, I'd like to hear your story. And if you haven't met someone from the internet face to face, what is your opinion on the matter?