Seriously, we worry about our kids on the internet, but what about us adults?
I belong to a quiz site. You've seen some of them posted here. There are many that are ... inappropriate no matter how liberal your thinking may be. Most are quite fun and are the ones I enjoy participating in.
This site has their own IM program connected to the site. The scenario is that while you are "online", someone could "see" you were and check out your profile. If they are interested in what they see, they'll send you a conversation invite. Even if you are in the middle of a quiz, the conversation can occur similtaneously. Sometimes up to three at a time.
Such was the case last night. I've been approached by people. Mostly guys. I DO NOT have a picture avatar with this site and I never will. Why? Because of the blatent fact that many are there looking for sex.
Person to Person or esex.
It always starts of innocuously enough, a simple "Hi" usually does it. I've been lucky to have been approached by regular people, a man in Poland and one in Africa .. although I'm getting the feeling that he MIGHT be into a import/export scam. I'm finding hints .... certain comments that I find curious.
I'm careful about relating any info about me. One complained about that very fact; that I was saying a lot of fluff but nothing substantial whereas he was more "open". Well DUH! First time conversation and I'm going to give him the "Key of Me" ??
In his dreams.
The inspiration for this post came from last night. I attempted my first initiation of an IM chat with someone who claimed he was "Full of Beans"... the sheer novelty of his choice of words is what prompted me to say "Hi" once I saw that he was online. Truthfully, I originally thought it was a female - imagine my surprise when it was a guy who, as it turns out, is a writer! He asked no personal stuff at all ... it was all writer speak; edits, agents, ups and downs of writing.
I was actually enjoying the "conversation" when another screen popped up.
The usual "Hi" opened the conversation box.
I reply "Good evening."
He types, "What are you wearing and do you like to play?"
Whoa! PUT ON THE BRAKES!!
Is this what I think it is?
"Yeah, Checkers, and I play Catch the Tomatoe Hornworm before it kills my tomatoes and Squish the Slugs. I have sweats and sneakers on. " (So, I'm weird, like that's a surprise? LOL)
"I'm not sure what to say beyond that, your question was a tad unusual. I'm not sure if I want to even ask about you."
"I'm looking for esex."
Geez and Crow! At least he was quick in being honest and upfront about his intentions!
"Gah! Really? Well I have to tell you I'm a straight shooter. Won't find any fun with me , sorry."
"np" (no problem)
He then continues with
"It was worth a shot. Its all a numbers game and I always find someone."
What??? Numbers and he ALWAYS finds someone to accomadate his ... sexual proclivities?
Folks, isn't this a scary thought? That he always finds someone to do this with? He was so casual about it. How can that possibly be healthy????
Yes, I can turn the IM feature off and remain totally secluded from all solicitations. However, just when I thought I had nothing to post on my blog ... life steps in and hands me a juicy one.
So, what do you think?