This would be the first time I ever meet Derek in real life... I don't even really know him. Should I do it?
New message from Derek- "Hey wanna meet up soon?"
Mom, I made a friend over Instagram who lives in Florida, but he's visiting over here this week and he wants to meet up. What should I do?
Maybe do something like a background check first. Check to see if you have any mutual friends or even to see if there are any red flags.
I feel weird about it, but I want to meet Derek so I'm deciding to meet him
*LIED ABOUT HIS AGE*
*LOOKS DIFFERENT IN EVERY PICTURE*
*NO MUTUAL FRIENDS*
Hey, Melissa! It's Darek!
RUN, MELISSA, RUN!!!
THAT'S NOT THE DEREK I KNOW FROM INSTAGRAM!
Melissa, Wanna go somewhere else? My car is over there.
Now I know to trust my gut when I feel too "weird" about meeting someone for the first time. Learn from my mistakes and make sure you're 120% okay with meeting someone you only have spoke to online for the first time.