Most Helpful Guy
Love comes in many shapes and forms, and it doesn't have to be in a relationship kind of love, but let's assume that it is for the sake of this opinion.
Love is something that we feel. And our feelings can be tricky.
When you say you love someone in real life, you love the perspective that you have of that person. You love the experiences you shared, the way they act, the things they say, your views about life, the way they look. You know their flaws and although you can predict their actions, they can always surprise you.
You care about them, (almost) as much as you care about yourself.
But let's shift this into the virtual world: you still share experiences, thoughts, prespectives.. you still can get a perception of how they act, talk and behave. You still know how they look, and you care about them and their well being.
The difference? Body contacts.. that's all it is. And in real life, you may even be incompatible, but that doesn't change the way you feel towards that person, and since love is felt, I think you can very well love someone you met virtually.
About calling it a relationship.. that's still a gray area to me.
I wrote this after reading: @Kitty5970 and @Floppy discussion2
Most Helpful Girl
For the most part no, because online you are missing many important aspects of a person. You're not getting the person as a whole. You're only going to see what they want you to see. It is more than likely that you aren't in love with them but you are in love with the idea of them.1