While there are quite a number of advantages to using the internet to look for a biker friend or companion, there are disadvantages as well. One of the most prevalent disadvantages of online biker meets stems from one of the advantages. In a very real sense, you don’t know who you are talking with when you chat online. There are many people on the internet who pretend to be something that they are not. Whether they do this because of fear of rejection, or something more sinister it is hard to say. However, it does happen, and any person using the internet to meet people should be aware of this fact.
Another disadvantage that most people don’t take into account is the fact that the internet and chat rooms can be somewhat impersonal. A word or sentence, without the accompanied body language, be it a smile or a shrug can lose a great deal of its meaning. Sure, there are emoticons, or writing out what you’re feeling in the online chat room, but the non-verbal communication that is seen face to face is certainly lacking in this medium.