Online relationships can be as magical as a fairy tale, but they can also be very difficult to manage. Building a friendship and then a more intimate relationship without ever interacting in person has its benefits. You can get to know someone very quickly online without physical aspects getting in the way.
However, online dating requires an extra amount of both skepticism and trust. You have to constantly be aware that there are things about your partner that you may not know. And when you do give your heart to that person, you have to trust that they are treating you right.
Consider these keys to a successful online relationship to get a glimpse of what an internet relationship requires. If you can make it work, it could be one of the best experiences of your life.
Be yourself completely.
Dating from behind a computer means that you have more control over how you present yourself. You can carefully select how the person will see you based on which pictures you choose to share and which you don’t. You can avoid revealing certain physical characteristics or even personality traits.
Resist the temptation to recreate yourself when you are dating online. If you are serious about making a relationship successful, you have to be completely honest about who you are.
Start with dishonesty, and you are potentially ruining your relationship before it even begins.
Talk face to face.
Many internet relationships crash and burn because one person isn’t willing to reveal everything. An online relationship should progress naturally from exchanging email to talking on the phone to meeting in person. If the other person is reluctant to take these steps after two or three weeks of communication, it’s a huge red flag.
If distance means you can’t easily meet up, at least use something like Skype or Facetime so you can talk to the real person in real time.
If the other person keeps canceling plans, be very careful going forward. There is probably a reason that person is avoiding meeting you.
Be part of their lives.
If you are getting close to someone, you’ll want to share that with friends and family just as you would if you were going on actual dates. Talk to your friends about the person you’re dating online. Introduce the person to your family via the internet.
If your online crush doesn’t include you in real life, it could indicate a problem. What reason would that person have to be reluctant to have you meet friends and family?
Random phone calls are nice, but don’t always fit into your daily schedule. Make plans to speak to your online date over the computer or over the phone. Set aside that time so you won’t be interrupted.
This is especially important if you are attempting to date long distance.
Do something together.
Find ways to share time and activities. Are you both sports fans? Watch a game together. You can also rent the same movie and discuss it as you watch.
If you want to get really creative, prepare the same meal and eat together in front of your screens. You could even take your laptops to the same restaurant in different towns.
Use snail mail.
Technology is great, but don’t underestimate the value of a personal touch. Use old-fashioned mail to send letters and hand-written cards to connect in a more tangible way.
You can also use the mail to send flowers and little gifts just so you know you’re thinking about each other. Dating online is difficult, especially if you live far away from each other. You can have a successful online relationship, but it takes devotion and sacrifice from both sides.
Consider these six tips as you navigate your internet relationship, and maybe you will realize that you’ve found the love of your life. If you found these tips useful please share this post with your friends.