It’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t fallen head over heels for someone online these days. What used to produce raised eyebrows when telling others “I met my boyfriend/husband/girlfriend/wife online” only 10 years ago, has now become the norm.
This is not to say that a negative social stigma associated with online relationships doesn’t persist. Many still believe that internet relationships aren’t “real”; that people misrepresent themselves en masse online, they’re social degenerates who have no chance of getting a date in “real life”, they don’t have the tools or skills to “deal with normal relationships”, and other such misconceptions.
Okay, so there might be some truth in some of that some of the time. What we tend to forget, though, is that the same truth applies to someone you would meet at work, at a party, at a night club, through a friend, or anywhere else for that matter. If someone is going to misrepresent themselves and try to take advantage of you, they’re going to do it whether they’re online or offline. In certain situations, it’s just somewhat easier for them to do so when they are hiding behind a computer screen.