An internet relationship is a relationship between people who have met online, and in many cases know each other only via the Internet.
Online relationships are similar in many ways to pen pal relationships.
Men are dominating online dating, not only in terms of sexual scripts, but in actually using the technology itself, “Men were significantly more likely to believe the use of web-based dating services as an acceptable dating initiator, whereas women were significantly more likely than men to use cell phone talking as a romantic relationship initiator.”(Rapplyea, Taylor & Fang, 2014) How we are socialized in the dating world is also changing.
No longer will we have sons and daughters meeting the parents at home on the first date, but rather we will have to change our ideology about dating to fit the technological times, so parents will be looking up prospective partners online and vetting them based on their Tinder profiles.
While some may find the concept of young love appealing, this infatuation can lead to blatant disregard of other more important responsibilities.‘It’s left men and women on a never-ending hunt for the perfect partner, thinking: “A few more dates and I’ll find The One.” In my work, I’ve met plenty of women who think there’s always a better guy out there.‘The danger is that it results in a string of meaningless flings.Apart from the risk of sexually transmitted disease, ultimately a never-ending quest for grass that’s greener means that women (and men) don’t face the realities of relationships.Over the past decade, she’s tried ten websites, had dates with 40 men and chatted — online or over the phone — to countless other potential suitors.But after one serious heartbreak and hundreds of pounds spent on subscription fees, love still eludes her.‘In many ways, internet dating is a great way to meet people, but it’s such a whirlwind of highs and lows,’ she says.