It is okay to have a relationship online, given that this is the world we live in, thanks to the advent of the internet and social media.
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.
You are in good company.
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.
Nevertheless, this becomes problematic.
When 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 helps in weeding out those people who are strictly looking for a someone to talk to online in order to assuage their boredom or loneliness.
These people end up being a complete waste of your time.
Your time is valuable.
Keeping this in mind, avoid maintaining a channel of communication for too long with someone who doesn’t appear to want to meet you in person.
When your goal is to find a romantic partner, you have to be smart about who you are talking to and what their intentions are.
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 wants.
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 don’t always meet the person that they are in a relationship with in life.
The relationship stays forever online.
They 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 they get to meet their online love one day.
Months, and sometimes years go by, but there has been no meeting.
If there are meetings, these are 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 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, as 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.
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