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The MTV Show, Catfish, is a great visual example of what can happen online.My negative personal experience that I will bring to this is not everyone is honest. I was lied to for years, and I had a feeling because this person wouldn't talk to me on the phone, or skype. If you make a friend, or even maybe a romantic connection, make sure to verify their identity, especially before EVER meeting them.
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HiI noticed one or two people said if someone starts off with something physical, block them. Of course, if that's what you want, especially if you indicate that in your profile, then you don't block. If you like the interest but think it's just a bit too soon, then I'd let the person know you want to take it (a bit) more slow. If they push after that, then you can move on. Part of this process is knowing what you want too and how to express yourself when the time comes.
Even in in-person relationships, this is very important information. I once had a gf once (in school) and she did things so heinous that I can't mention them here or I'll get banned. The thing was, though, she acted nice at first, she wasn't a straight up mean person, although she was egotistic and emotionally immature, two red flags to look out for. Also being [that dark thing] is a red flag, although I think this is less of a red flag irl than online, my ex was still this way and our relationship was a total train wreck for the last 2 days because of what she did. Just saying.As shown by MTV's Catfish, and from personal experience, people are not always who they say they are. You don't know them in real life, so it is all too easy for them to lie and deceive you. Being gullible is a very dangerous trait to have in the realm of online relationships.
Amen.Moral of the story: there are people who will misrepresent themselves, due to personal issues.
Friendships are fine, I think. I've met people online with whom I have had deeper and more lasting relationships than with people in real life.Pro tip in internet relationships/friendships: don't do it.
That's pretty much my pro tip for anything, really.