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The Good and Bad of Risking it all Online
I think that there are ways to utilize social media to cultivate positive relationships, both personal and professional. When people are looking for love online, they are ultimately bypassing their own reality. This could end up being something that brings them together, but it also makes them much more vulnerable.
In the article Separating Fact From Fiction: An Examinaiton of Deceptive Self-Presentation in Online Dating Profiles, the author writes that people want to be both personal and open online. "On one hand, they may wish to emphasize their positive attributes and present themselves as appealing. On the other hand, they may feel the need to put forth their true selves, complete with quirks and shortcomings, because ultimately they seek understanding and acceptance from their significant others."
We can see from the diagram above, which was created by Author Mike Arauz, the evolution of the online relationship. It starts just the same as any other online relationship, and develops when both parties feel comfortable. MTV's Catfish followed people that put time into relationships online, trusting complete strangers. Most of the relationships ended because the person was so different then the profile they portrayed, but some of them were honest and worked. The prospect of a positive relationship online is enough for many to keep trying.
Some of the articles I read also talked about the personal touch that comes with handling business online. There are so many people online, that by funneling them down to a client, a positive relationship can be set in stone before a physical meeting even takes place. Our online reading talks about how information can be inaccurate, but not deceitful. I think this is okay for the dating scene, as people will budge on their expectations, but not in the professional realm. If I fudge my numbers or lie about my business, I won't have anything to stand on when I meet a potential client in real life.
Overall, I think people can utilize online relationships in ways that face-to-face interaction cannot. Through the internet, people are allowed to consider their thoughts before speaking on them. It really isn't unlike texting, and it is even easier to promote ourselves online. Many businesses take advantage of this comfort, and it can be the biggest asset to both personal and monetary gain.