Danger in internet dating
Ultimately, restricting Internet access is a necessary but insufficient solution.
But what is needed is healing the personality weaknesses that virtually guarantee some individuals will fall victim to Internet temptations.
She says she feels uncomfortable providing such material for the public, but so far Federal courts across the country have ruled that banning the Internet from public institutions or even filtering its contents “offends the guarantee of free speech” and “restricts First Amendment rights.” Garvey complains, “For me, this has been one of the most challenging issues of my career.
We all want to do the right thing, but it’s not clear what the right thing is.” Garvey, like most people of conscience, is morally confounded by the technology that links together nearly half a billion people in a “Worldwide Web”—a global village—allowing instant, anonymous exchange of uncensored text and images.
For example, the web hosts thousands of pornographic sites—offering material that is as explicit and generally more violent than what is found in print publications—the cyberspace equivalent of a singles bar.
Studies reveal that about 90% of Chat and MUD users form personal relationships; about one-third of these relationships result in a face-to-face meeting; and about a quarter of these relationships evolve into romantic involvements.
Ironically, many study participants justified their increasing time online saying they needed to “stay in touch” with more distant friends and relatives, while they increasingly ignored those they were living with.
Given the net’s ubiquitous presence, they will find a way to get online—at the local public library, if not elsewhere.Unlike any other metropolis, the web lacks a government, laws, or a police force.The only universally acknowledged cyber-crime is the intentional spreading of computer viruses—infectious software programs that could impair the experience of other cyber-tourists. A turn down the wrong cyber-street guarantees exposure to information or images at least as corrosive as anything available in the streets of New York, Paris, or Tokyo—and often even worse.Anyone in this virtual-metropolis can put anything online, and once it is there anyone can access it.Like any metropolis, the web has neighborhoods, some safer and some horrific.