What does it mean when someone's in love with "the idea of someone"?

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Some of my friends say they've dated people who were in love with the "idea of them".

I've been hearing that quite a bit lately, but what does that mean?

Does it mean they're putting someone on a pedestal or they're just making them out to be someone they're not?

Im curious because a few months ago I dated a girl that I had a lot in common with and was very attractive so that got me a little attached because of how well we bonded and our conversations flowed well. But she really did have a lot in common with me. I wasn't projecting things onto her.
What does it mean when someone's in love with "the idea of someone"?
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