9 advantages of online relationships

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For those who don’t have time to date “normally”,
though, sometimes the Internet is all they have. If this
fits you or you just want a new experience, here are
nine advantages of online relationships.
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Regardless of whatever you may have read or heard
concerning online relationships, they actually have
some positive benefits embeded in them.
Don’t get this wrong, there are definitely risks to
getting involved with someone on the Internet; getting
scammed for money, possible safety issues and
someone being a creep, just to name a few.
However, there are some who met the love of their lives
online. This is not to suggest going online to cheat on
your partner or using the Internet as a complete
substitute for interaction.
For those who don’t have time to date “normally”,
though, sometimes the Internet is all they have. If this
fits you or you just want a new experience, here are
nine advantages of online relationships.
1. Control: One of the biggest advantages of online
relationships is that you have complete control over
when and how much you communicate with the
person. If a conversation gets to be too much, it’s a
lot easier to log off than to walk away. Also, you
can’t help but get a little excited when you see that
you’ve gotten a message. If he says something
sweet, you can keep it and look at it later.
Messages on your computer take up much less
space in your room than flowers and cards.
2. Things are as intense or as casual as you make
them: When it comes to online relationships, a lot
depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re the
kind of person who likes her space and doesn’t
need or want a lot of contact with her mate, online
relationships can fit that bill. You can keep it casual
and fun or you can get more serious-it’s up to you.
Just make sure that both of you are on the same
page on this, though; just like offline, it really hurts
when someone means more to you than you do to
them.
3. The physical aspect: The lack of physical contact in
an online-only or strictly cyber relationship is a two-
edged sword. On one hand, a computer can’t keep
you warm at night or give you a hug after a hard
day. We all need that sometimes. Without physical
contact, though, you also don’t have the hormone
rush that can distract you from your real issues.
There are several people who have stayed in a bad
relationship for the sex and been worse off for it. If
you’re just out for fun this might not apply, but
taking sex (“in-person” sex, anyway) off the table
gives you a chance to get to know someone on a
different level. Plus, there’s no chance of being used
without knowing it.
4. The truth factor: While it is very possible to lie to
someone without being caught, a lot of people are
more honest online than they are in person. Think
about it; have you ever felt like you couldn’t be
yourself around certain people? Have you had to
“put on a happy face” and be polite when you feel
anything but? This isn’t a problem online; you can
be as “real” as you want, when you want. This isn’t
saying you get to be mean so much as that you
don’t have to walk on eggshells as much.
5. More ways to meet someone: Depending on what
you want, it can be a lot easier to meet someone
online than in other places. People who are socially
awkward or who are just plain busy probably don’t
want to look for someone in a bar. If you meet in a
special-interest forum like religion or gaming, you
already have something in common. Since a lot of
us don’t get to talk about those things in real life
because we don’t know anyone who shares those
interests or because it’s not “polite conversation”,
you can bond over something in a way you might
not otherwise.
6. You can go at your own pace: Have you ever felt
pressured by a man to go further than you’re
comfortable with? Have you ever been intimate with
someone early on, but later regretted it? This
doesn’t happen as much in online relationships.
Part of the control mentioned in number one is
being able to set the pace of a relationship without
hormones or outside pressures getting in the way.
7. A larger “dating pool”: Again, a lot depends on what
you’re looking for. If you’re okay with being far
away from your partner, there’s literally a whole
world out there to “choose from”. This is especially
true for people in smaller areas or who have special
interests; there might not be a gaming or Latin-
dance community nearby, so going online gives you
a better chance of meeting someone who shares
that passion. Where things go from there is up to
you.
8. The fun of “sexting”: Sexting and cybersex can be
really thrilling. There’s something very “freeing”
about being able to do, say or wear things over a
chat room or Skype connection that you might not
otherwise. If you’re the type who enjoys dirty talk
but is too shy to say the words out loud, the
Internet is a happy medium.
9. Looks are not as important: This isn’t to say that
looks mean nothing, but online relationships allow
you to get to know someone without having to
worry as much about your appearance. A
conversation online is just as good in your pajamas
as it would be in your best dress. Also, getting to
know someone on an emotional level first means
that you can be seen for who you are rather than
what you look like, something that rarely happens in
the “bar scene”.

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