Entry 24 – When Love Becomes Virtual

In an age were words have become letters, emotions have become emoticons and many relationships lie at the mercy of the network providers it is proper to say that online dating has earned a special place in the hearts of many persons across various ages and ethnicities.A good number of people can attest to the fact that the feeling derived from online communications is exhilarating. The suspense felt when a person is typing a text or the seconds before the video call connects make it worth the while. Online dating provides a platform for singles to mingle with different people from all around the world.

Recently, the number of people visiting clubs and bars for the purpose of finding potential life-partners has reduced significantly.One of the reasons for this could be that members of the single society are fed-up with having one night-stands and seek for a more concrete relationship.For most individuals,online dating is a means of boosting their self-esteem without loosing much in terms of financial and sometimes emotional expenses. Most people who engage in ‘cyberlove’ have no interest in meeting their online partners in real life.One of the thrills of ‘cyberlove’ is that it allows people to engage their minds in a swirl of imaginations and experience their wildest sexual desires which they often too afraid to carry out in the real world. Most people who are shy or introverted tend to steer towards online dating as a way of improving their communication skills.

Those who are conversant with the ‘netiquettes’ of dating, understand that online dating is just as delicate as offline dating. Conversations should be handled with the same care and self-consciousness as offline conversations. Online and offline dating although both have the same objectives but their procedures differ. In online dating, we first consider their profile photos and their ability to converse through text but in offline dating, we would concentrate more on their body language and dressing than their ability to compose a text message.

One of the major issues with ‘virtual’ love is the lack of trust. As much as it is often denied by many persons, there is always this aura of doubt in every ‘virtual’ love affair. It is true that “seeing is believing”.It is easier to fall in love with someone you are seeing physically.The invent of video calls via whatsapp, facebook, skype ,etc helps to reduce the doubt between cyberlovers.

 

This article was written by Emmanuella Offiong; connect with her on instagram here

 

 

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