Can people “meet” other people online and build real honest relationships?
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One must be careful when trying to meet people online. Knowing the other persons intentions and being aware will help result in a more successful time.

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Online relationships are the new thing. Ten years ago they were not as common, but it existed in a different form. Not too long ago I watched the movie You’ve Got Mail, a cute romantic comedy about two people falling in love online. This film was made in 1998. The couple’s relationship was adorable, but when I think about if this movie was reality today, it would just be creepy.

I chose the topic of online relationships because I find it very relevant to today. We all see commercials daily for online dating sites.  I thought it would be better to be more informed with the new wave of meeting people. We also have discussed how the internet seems to be full of narcissism and false online identities and I wanted more research as to how true it was. It is important to be aware of those things and make sure others are informed if you know they use those types of sites.

Through my research I think I have concluded that online relationships CAN happen, they are just rare. It seems everyone on the internet tries to create a fake/cooler version of themselves, or something completely different from which they actually are. Everyone wants to feel loved and accepted, and lying might be a stranger’s way of doing so. For those truly looking for a relationship online, be cautious and prepared for what you might get. It might work out, it might not, and it is a chance one has to be willing to take. I personally would not recommend anyone to online dating. Though my parents know a happy couple from online dating, I think it is best to meet someone organically if you want the real person from the very start.

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Erik Marshall's comment, June 11, 2013 1:24 PM
This a nice, balanced reaction to a pressing issue. good job.
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1 in 10 online dating profiles is fake: See the most common characteristics of fraudsters 

1 in 10 online dating profiles is fake: See the most common characteristics of fraudsters  | Can people “meet” other people online and build real honest relationships? | Scoop.it
One in ten profiles is fake, according to research from dating website SeekingArrangement.com, which deletes more than 200 fraudulent accounts every day.
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This just proves more and more people aren’t who they say they are. Precautions need to be taken if someone seriously wants to date online for real. They should make sure the site is reputable and have an open mind of what they are getting into. I think it would be better to meet even before talking too much online so that way, you know right away what the person is like.

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Psychologists highlight pitfalls of online dating

Psychologists highlight pitfalls of online dating | Can people “meet” other people online and build real honest relationships? | Scoop.it
Thanks to the proliferation of online dating, would-be couples are now almost as likely to meet via email or a virtual "wink" as they are through friends and family.
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Online dating can be very difficult. I completely agree with the article when it says that people get false expectations of other people. Talking online and talking in person are definitely two separate things. It really creates a false hope of what being with that person is actually like. The whole online dating thing is difficult when everything is virtual.

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'Catfish' creators on meeting your online crush

'Catfish' creators on meeting your online crush | Can people “meet” other people online and build real honest relationships? | Scoop.it
Everyone -- and we mean everyone -- puts their proverbial best foot forward online. And why shouldn't they?
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When meeting someone online there is always a risk. You never really know exactly what you are going to encounter. Even when talking to people for months on end they can still be lying. The hit TV show “Catfish” is all about people in online relationships who finally meet their lover. The stars of the show have given some hints as to what to look for whether or not someone is being true to themselves. I found it comical that they recommended stalking the person, but in today’s society that is just a given. It seems the men on the show suggest that you never know what you will get but to be prepared beforehand and have the research done.

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A second chance at a missed match

A second chance at a missed match | Can people “meet” other people online and build real honest relationships? | Scoop.it
Never got the number of that cutie at Starbucks? Well, maybe a Web site can help. “Missed connections” Web sites fall somewhere between online dating and wishful thinking.
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The whole concept of a "missed connection" online is weird to me. I think it would just create a lot of trolls pretending to be someone that they aren’t. The chances of the person responding to that are also very slim to none. I think the attempt is somewhat cool, but overall, it ends up seeming shady.

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The Ugly Truth of Online Dating: Top 10 Lies Told by Internet Daters

The Ugly Truth of Online Dating: Top 10 Lies Told by Internet Daters | Can people “meet” other people online and build real honest relationships? | Scoop.it
Running an exclusive online dating site myself, I can attest to the constant battle in working to maintain the integrity of online dating communities by weeding out disingenuous profiles -- yes, surprise surprise!
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It seems that women tend to lie about themselves online more so than men.  Also it seems that dating online in general is just superficial. The man writing the article talks about his own dating site which is called BeautifulPeople.com. I think that right there shows our society and where everything is headed. Clearly, a person going on this site isn’t going here to find the love of their life. They want a good looking person that they could probably go out a few times with.

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The Truth about Online Dating: Scientific American

The Truth about Online Dating: Scientific American | Can people “meet” other people online and build real honest relationships? | Scoop.it
The hype is huge, and the findings are somewhat disturbing--but the future of online dating looks good
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From this article, it seems is that people who use online dating websites tend to fib a little bit. Maybe they are honest about who they are, but they might lie about their physical appearance. Most of us at times can be self-conscious of our appearances. We might think if people knew the real truth they wouldn’t give us a chance, which is why people might turn to online dating. I think they go through the thought process that if someone is connected emotionally, the physical appearance will not matter. It seems through research that marriages from online relationships do happen.  True relationships can happen once the couple starts going out.

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