It is okay to have a relationship online.
Many people meet their significant others online.
According to statistics from the Pew Research Center, one in ten Americans have used an online dating site or mobile dating app to find a potential partner.
Hence, you would be in good company.
However, you do need to understand how to go about doing this the right way.
The problem that a lot of people face when they start a relationship online is with procrastination.
They wait too long to meet the person.
The longer you wait, the more likely the relationship either becomes long distance or fizzles out.
You should strike while the interest is still there and alive.
It can get really tempting to stay within the safe confines of the internet.
However, this can become very problematic.
If you are talking to someone online, you need to be very clear about your intentions.
You want that person to understand what you need and require.
You want that person to know that you are indeed serious about this.
This will help you to weed out those people who are simply looking for a someone to talk to online in order to assuage their boredom or loneliness.
These people could really end up being a complete waste of your time.
Your time is valuable.
You shouldn’t allow yourself to maintain a channel of communication for too long with someone who doesn’t appear to truly want to meet you in person.
If your goal is to find a romantic partner, you have to be smart about who you are talking to and what their intentions are.
Hence, being honest and true about what you are looking for right from the start is very important.
The last thing you should want is to find yourself in the position where you don’t quite know where you stand with this person or what the person may want.
If you were to talk for too long with this person and fall into a long distance relationship, you would be adding a whole new dynamic to the relationship.
A lot of people have long distance relationships online.
These relationships can be very hard to maintain.
They may never actually meet the person that they are in a relationship with in life.
The relationship stays forever online.
They may keep telling each other that they want to meet but no one actually makes that first step to do so.
You can’t allow yourself to become one of these.
The most viable relationships require that you meet each other in person.
You would have to be clear about this to the person that you are talking to online.
A lot of people fall into the trap of hope.
They hope that one day they will get to meet their online love.
Months and sometimes years go by but there has been no meeting.
If there are meetings, these are very few and far in between.
This creates a very difficult situation because the relationship is essentially stagnant and in limbo.
This forces you to stress out.
You may also lose out on several opportunities to meet someone online who would have been a better match or someone in your day to day life because you feel stuck in the rut of this relationship.
The lesson here is that you must be sure and assertive when you have a relationship online.
Don’t stay online for too long without meeting in person.