The Dangers Of Text Chat With Strangers
Updated October 04, 2018
Reviewer Deborah Horton
Text chat with strangers can seem like a harmless way to meet new people and pass the time. It also gives us someone new to talk to about our feelings and problems. Sometimes we feel more open to people we meet online because we can't see them, and they can't see us.
What's wrong with spilling our guts to someone we will never meet in person, right?
The thing is that text chat with strangers can be dangerous, especially if you are in a vulnerable frame of mind. I'm not saying you shouldn't do it, but you should keep your guard up and be smart about it if you do.
Keep in mind that there are also safe alternatives to text chat with strangers, like online counseling and support groups. These services can give you non-judgmental people to talk to about what might be going on in your life right now, without taking on as much risk.
BetterHelp is one affordable counseling service that matches you with a qualified professional online. You get to send unlimited text messages to this counselor throughout the month and build a relationship that can help you grow in a safer environment.
The Dangers of Text Chat with Strangers:
- People Aren't Always Honest
Even though someone might come off as sincere and trustworthy through text, that might not necessarily be the case. It's easy to be fooled when someone is putting on an act and you are only communicating with them via text.
There are some people online who are honest and make great friends. These are friendships where things like age and distance don't matter. Unfortunately, there are also people who befriend others online for entertainment or manipulation. Being open about who you are and your whereabouts online could also open you up to things like stalkers and hackers.
- You Can Be Victimized
If you aren't careful, you can be easily victimized by the people you meet in online chat rooms. If you are the type that always wants to see the good in people, you might not easily see through an online scam.
People online might ask you for money, or to move across the country to pursue a romantic relationship when might not even be who they say they are. These are some extreme examples but it's important to remember that these things have happened and are possible.
- Online Friends Come and Go
Let's say you meet someone in an online chat room and the two of you totally click. You feel like you can tell this person anything and they are a true friend. You only wish you could meet in person.
Things are going great until one day, this new friend stops responding to your messages. They never appear in the same chat room again.
How would you feel if an internet friend suddenly disappears once you start getting close to them?
When it comes to getting support for emotional problems and working towards a better social life, sometimes it can be best to stick to meeting people around you. It can be easier to keep in touch with friends who live close by. It's also easier to tell if friends are being sincere if you can hang out with them face to face.
Online counseling is a good alternative to text chat with strangers because it gives you an experienced professional to talk to. This person can help you work through problems and challenges that you are facing and provide a stable form of support during rough times.