Actress Jennette Mccurdy has opened up about her unexpected romance with basketball star Andre Drummond in a new essay about dating in the world of technology.
The iCarly star struck up a flirty friendship with the Detroit Pistons player on Twitter.com this summer (13) after he made it known to fans that he had a big crush on her, and their online connection soon turned into a real-life date.
McCurdy and Drummond went public with their fledgling relationship last week (03Sep13) when they were spotted leaving a Los Angeles restaurant hand-in-hand, and now the blonde beauty has penned an article detailing her initial doubts and concerns about finding love on the Internet.
In the piece, written for a blog on the Wall Street Journal website, McCurdy reveals she only became aware of the sportsman's interest after being bombarded with messages from her Twitter fans, and she immediately found his public adoration to be "sweet, gutsy, and flattering".
They soon exchanged numbers and began speaking regularly over the phone, but McCurdy suffered an attack of the nerves after arranging to meet up in California.
She writes, "I was excited. Then, as his visit crept closer, I began to feel a little unnerved. What if my fears of the overhype of cyberspace played out in my life? ...What if the person I had built up in my head was different than the person I'd soon be sitting across from? What if technology aided and enhanced our conversations to the point where we felt crippled without it? What if two screens cannot properly replicate two humans after all?"
McCurdy needn't have worried, but she warns others to be mindful about striking up close relationships online: "The Andre Drummond I got to know in person is the same person he projects online, but it's important to remember that the image displayed through a screen is in fact just that - a display. A person doesn't converse in 140 characters, they don't react in filters, and a well-played moment doesn't loop itself every 6 seconds. We don't live our life in glossy little quips, blips, and fragments, regardless of the fact that that's what we're encouraged to do in this day and age...
"If played right and used smartly, social networking can be like a little scrapbook for your personal life... That's what social networking can and hopefully does do for our personal lives: frame them nicely and with cute little borders that we can show off to our friends and be proud of."