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To address the topic question, I have had several friends with benefits relationships over the years which began online. As long as safety and discretion are used, it generally works out ok. There are some who are opposed to doing it and I can respect that. Different strokes for different folks. To answer the other question about women receiving "pervy messages", I can't speak for the reasons that men ( or women ) send them. The anonymity of the internet has brought out a while different side of human nature that we never saw 20+ years ago. My guess is that its boredom coupled with insecurity.