A healthy online relationship needs the same things all healthy relationships need: communication, trust and boundaries.
An online relationship can be especially dependent on honest communication, and there are tons of ways – text, chat, Face Time, Skype – to keep in touch with your partner.
But since you probably rely so much on these different ways to communicate, it’s important to set boundaries with your partner that work for both of you.
Meeting and building quick rapport is so easy online and lately I’ve noticed that women all too often let their guard down, lose their common sense or abandon their self protection to a total stranger.
Reflecting back to when I was single and looking after my divorce, I’m shocked at how easily a woman WHO I DID NOT KNOW would invite me to her home (having never met me before) after a few chats via phone/email/text.
Meeting someone on the internet – whether through social media, online dating sites, gaming sites or other forums – and developing an online relationship has become very common, and it’s a perfectly valid type of relationship.
But just like any other kind of relationship, online relationships can be healthy, unhealthy or abusive.In many ways, having a relationship with someone you met online is a lot like having a relationship IRL.You probably talk to your online partner about stuff that’s important to you, look forward to their texts or chats, Skype with them for face-to-face convos, and you might even develop strong feelings for them.Just because you met online doesn’t mean you can’t take things at a pace that’s comfortable for you.Also, keep in mind that some people choose to create fake personas online, which is known as “catfishing.” Head over to our blog post, Getting Caught By a Catfish, to learn more about how to figure out if your partner is catfishing you.Check in with your friend during the date or ask your friend to call you during the date to let them know how you are doing.