Can You Fall in Love Online?

May 2, 2000

You have met a wonderful man over the Internet. You have been mailing every day and you feel like you really know him. Even though you have never met or even heard his voice yet you feel there is something about this guy that makes you think you are in love with him. So are you meant to be together?Now hang on! Real love, the kind that leads to the fairytale wedding and blah blah cannot happen via e-mail. It can however serve as a forum for you to meet someone and share intimate feelings and dreams. Firstly ask yourself these few question: How much do I know about this man? Do I even know his address, telephone number, where he works, his past relationships, family situation? Do I know his moral views, his goals and do I even know what he looks like?

Get as much concrete information about the ‘love of your life’ before you set up a meeting. Make sure you meet in a public place because there are true stories of women who have met maniacs via e-mail. Always let a family member or friends know exactly where you are going and make sure it is public and preferably daylight.

When you do finally get to meet him, lower your expectations and remember even though you may be intimate via e-mail you are really starting from scratch when it comes to everything else. Be cautious, careful and open minded. But don’t panic when you finally meet him, just like meeting new friends it takes time to feel comfortable and don’t rush into bed with him until you are sure he is what he appears to be.

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