When people begin the interesting and long road of online dating, they will almost certainly encounter fabrications along the way. Often people exaggerate or even downright lie when they are posting stuff online in order to find a date or relationship. Seems to me like a lot of people enjoy presenting an idealized version of themselves that actually isn’t true. I believe nowadays most in fact expect some sort of “enhancement” of features on profiles in order to try and attract more potential dates, followers, etc. And then when it comes to actually meeting in person, people are almost certain to be underwhelmed (at least initially). One possible reason I consider this to be true is that there’s an instinctive desire in some, if they’re desperate enough, to try wooing as many people as possible. In the end they might believe it was worth it as long as they receive the desired attention. Perhaps some others actually think it could be funny posting lies or exaggerations, and they just do it for the laugh. Also, some people might consider their enhanced details to be more like bends of the truth rather than absolute falsehoods. In other people there could actually be a desire to really harm those they encounter, and of course that would be something to frown on.
I have a few views on the issue of privacy in the online world. When it comes to topics such as journaling or recording aspects of my life related to family and work, I generally don’t have a problem with the understanding that these issues are bound to be seen by others. I know I have to be smart, though, in what I post online. Some people don’t seem to be aware that once something is placed online, depending on the avenue, it might be stuck there forever for all to see. It takes some research as well to know which websites tend to be more trustworthy than others. Some online users have a not-so-well intention of taking one’s information and then messing with it. This is why in topics related to very personal information such as passwords, usernames, pin numbers, and other security codes, I usually am much more vigilant in making sure that information is not seen by others. Over the years I’ve definitely become more accustomed to the process of inputting information online while staying careful with regard to what should be seen and what shouldn’t. The possibility of malicious activity being conducted from afar should always be taken into account.