OPP: Moving for Online Girl
Today’s OPP is from Tracy:
Yi! My son is graduating college and just told me and his father that he is going to be moving across the country to be with his online girlfriend. I hadn't ever heard of this woman before, but he says he's been talking to her for over two years and he thinks they're soul mates. I think he's being very naive, but I'm also worried that if I push the subject too much he'll shut me out. I know I'm the parent and I should put my foot down, but he's graduating college so I also think he needs to make mistakes. I don't know what to do, what would you do?
Slacker says you can’t do anything about it. He thinks they met in an online game. Slacker says it might be good in the virtual world but what happens when you meet in real life and you aren’t the awesome sword wielder you are in game? He says that internet dating must be a generational thing because it’s all new to him. Slacker says the boy must have scoured the internet for his soul mate and found her across the country. He thinks the parents should tell him he is on his own and let him make the decisions.
Steve thinks this might be the first girl who’s given him attention and now the boy is all in. He wonders if they have Skyped at all just so he knows that it’s what she looks like.
What advice do you have for Tracy?
I think online dating in general is weird, but it is the new thing and lots of people have had success with it. Do it think moving across the country is silly? Absolutely but you can’t stop someone from doing something. I think Tracy needs to let her son make his own decision, because who knows maybe it is his soul mate!
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