When Strangers Click: Five Stories from the Internet
Are women more practical than men? More realistic? Do women have a more meaningful set of standards and values? According to the HBO documentary, When Strangers Click: Five Stories from the Internet, a survey exposing the fears of those who use the internet to find their soulmates found women are afraid of meeting a serial killer; men are afraid their dates will be fat.
When Strangers Click: Five Stories from the Internet (DVD release date: November 15, 2011) is not a hodgepodge of survey statistics; instead, it tells the stories of five people who turned to the internet to find Mr. or Ms. Right, and how it worked out for them. Surprisingly (but not to me), some of them found their happily-ever-afters. And some of them had to kiss a lot of frogs.
The first story, “Kim,” is the most charming. Despite her mother’s misgivings, Kim flew to Prague to meet a man with whom she had been chatting but had never actually spoken. What Mom didn’t know was that the man had proposed and Kim was packing a wedding gown. Because she had gotten so little support, she didn’t tell her friends or family that the man had proposed and she had accepted. When she arrived in Prague, she learned that her fiancé knew only one word in English: “Hello.”
“Ryan” went on-line after accepting that he is gay. When Ryan Googled “gay,” he discovered a world he didn’t know existed. He became involved in a chatting relationship with a nice, encouraging man who seemed genuinely interested in Ryan. That man turned out to be a bisexual mayor who voted for anti-gay bills and who had befriended other young men, offering them guidance and jobs. Once outed, he was “recalled.”
On her thirtieth birthday, “Beth” learned that she would never be married or have children. Her advisor? A psychic. She nearly gave up on love, but found a man on the internet who wasn’t exactly what she was looking for—he was older and balder than she would have liked—but who had a great sense of humor. The two of them proved the psychic wrong on both counts. “David,” a short man by cultural standards, was also shy. He tells of a number of internet-based relationships and encounters he had, before he met “the one.” She, incidentally, had no intention of ever meeting him.Continued on the next page