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Are online relationships worth it, whether they be romantic or just friendly?
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Posted 2/6/17 , edited 2/6/17
It's always nice to have friendly connections, and even in some cases, I'd prefer more contact with friends over social media than in real life(no, I don't have anxieties or anything). It's just that I have a lot to do in one day, I work a lot so I don't have time to socialise with friends as I used to. That has lead to me losing connections with some friends but honestly, it works out better for me. However, I'm always pretty swift at replying online and having a conversation there, since I'm pretty much always available on social media in one form or another(my job relies on it, somewhat).

I don't think that I personally could cultivate a romantic relationship with someone online, but I know of several people who have and so I won't say it's not worth it but for me, I'd definitely need to spend time in real life, seeing, talking, learning their body language when they talk/are angry and so on before I could commit to anything like that. We're all different.
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Posted 2/7/17
I like online friendships, no one can judge your appearance. Someone who loves you loves real you, or whatever it is that of you, you show.
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Totally!! For me, a person with depression and social anxiety, it's actually really nice to make friends when I find it really hard in real life. Also you usually meet people with similar interests from the start and you get to know the person first, and appearance doesn't really matter!
Also, when you finally meet the friend, it's so exciting and fun, I'd recommend it, though it can be physically lonely.
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Posted 2/7/17
Friendship, yes.

Romance...well, kinda hard on the USB port, isn't it?

Now, now, I see those saying but so and so met their spouse, I met my boyfriend/girlfriend and we're still together after all this time...

Those aren't internet romances anymore. Can you meet someone online and have a successful RL romantic relationship? Of course. But too many people don't take that RL step, and it needs to be differentiated.
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Posted 2/7/17
I met a Japanese woman on an MMO and I tried to find some romance from it, but the mutual feelings didn't last long on the opposite end, I think. Doesn't help when some Iranian creep stalks her, and the language barrier, but I got put on hold.

The best advice I have to give is it takes 100% devotion to stay true to a man or women you have romantic feelings for over the internet, and never give up either. you miss 100% of the shots you never take.
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Posted 2/8/17
To answer the question, it depends on the person. It might be great if the right person was using it, but not so much for those who are desperate to get all romantic. So it depends.
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I think there are too many hidden factors at play when talking to someone online, so I try to keep it friendly but it´ll never be anything more.
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Posted 2/18/17
No. It's pointless, trying doesn't work.
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Posted 2/18/17

Aoikihen wrote:

No. It's pointless, trying doesn't work.


For some it does
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Posted 2/18/17 , edited 2/18/17
Friendly: Yup, definitely. You just have to find the right one first :3

Romantic: For some it might. As for me, too difficult, I'm just afraid it will end up hurting.. But it depends, I guess
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23 / M / U.S.A.
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Posted 2/18/17
They can be.

Lack of context in your OP makes it difficult to give you a more nuanced reply, as I can't tell if you mean friendships, in general or if you are meaning something more along the lines of dating.

If the latter, this is probably not the best site to attempt getting a hook up. kek
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25 / M / USA
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Posted 2/18/17 , edited 2/18/17
Friendly: Have had many better relationships with people online than I have ever offline.

Romantic: Been in an online relationship for about 4-5 years now (we were friends about 7-8 years) and we've met a couple times recently. We'll be moving in together within a year or so.

Thing is, and I know it's more of a personal thing, but I've never enjoyed the physical aspects as much. I can't read body language anything and most types of romantic gestures are completely lost on me. It's just not how I connect with people--and so the manner of finding love online has been a blessing for me. Anything else would not have worked out. Our relationship is great and I wouldn't have them any other way.

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21 / M / Oppai Hell
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Posted 2/18/17
I am pretty sure with the advent of virtual reality sex rooms and internet connected sex toys, it will be more feasible.

There is also the physical dating aspect, and the mutual distrust sort of thing.
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Posted 2/18/17 , edited 2/18/17

Atular wrote:

I like online friendships, no one can judge your appearance. Someone who loves you loves real you, or whatever it is that of you, you show.


I would argue they could fall out of love with you if they met you, especially in terms of mutual attraction. People who do so online tend to imagine this online person as a perfect partner that doesn't exist, much less make up who the person on the other line really is. A small part of yourself is contained on the internet, all those quirks, hobbies, and I find it difficult to share all of them, and the lack of true photos to indicate a potential for mutual attraction?

In any case, definitely share genuine photos.
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Posted 2/18/17
One of my best relationships was an online one for about a year and half. Even mutually I got tired of not being able to physically express the love I.e. Cuddle, hold hands, and anything else your lewd mind thinks of. There was a lot more to the relationship as well. It really wasn't the best idea for us to stay together.
My wife and I had a long-distance relationship our whole dating and it was fine and we've been married for 5 almost 6 years now.
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