In today’s culture, online relationships are certainly becoming more accepted and normal. But there is still a misconception that looking for a partner online is only for desperate people. In fact, a majority of people report disclosing more about themselves in online interactions than face-to-face with other people. The safety behind the screen bypasses social anxiety, awkwardness, or other niceties of etiquette that come with meeting someone in real life.
Instead, online interactions can get straight into emotional connection without as big of a judgment barrier. One of the biggest appeals of interacting online is the ability to easily show your “true self.” A “true self” being core characteristics believed to be self-defining, but don’t easily show in face-to-face interactions.