Recent web article I saw said that the feelings developed between people engaged in online/cyber relationships are typically more intense and heart-felt than real life ones of the same length of time because, due to restrictions in physical and verbal cues, you both end up sharing more of yourself in a shorter period of time and this builds a stronger emotional bond.
Do you agree that's true? That love can really develop between people who have never met before? Or is it just infatuation and/or idealism where the feelings go away much faster than they would after a RL breakup?
- Online relationship feelings are more intenseVote A
- Online relationship feelings are less intenseVote B
Most Helpful Girl
Feelings can build really quickly in online relationships, because communication is often easier/more regular. That being said, an online relationship can only go so far. Eventually, for a relationship to work out, two people have to start growing together in person. So basically, in the beginning of a relationship, feelings are often more intense when the relationship is online, BUT the deepest feelings, the shared memories, experiences, glances, touches, etc. that help to maintain a relationship and allow for it to grow past a certain point, are all things that have to happen in person at some point or another. Also, at the end of the road, if you've been dating someone online for a year, vs. someone in person for a year, it'll be easier to get over the online relationship than the in-person one. As such, I voted B. Online relationship feelings are less intense, because when a relationship is online, you don't get the entire package, and you're not getting the full experience -- the real deal (I'm not saying that online relationships aren't "real;" I'm just saying that they don't always translate well into real life, because they allow for the relationship to be highly idealistic, as many aspects of the relationship are left to the imagination).2