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The Positives & Negatives of Online Relationships - By: Susana Serer

by TenderlyYours, May/16/2019
Anyone that's spent more than a little time online will probably have had both positive and negative experiences of online relationships. While the internet can certainly be liberating, allowing us to connect freely to a wider range of people and giving us the opportunity to give and receive information faster than ever before, it certainly has it's disadvantages as well as it's advantages when it comes to human relationships. The following are some examples I came up with - you may have more.

Some Advantages of Online Relationships
We can meet people we would never have had the chance to connect with before.
We can test out different ways of communicating e.g. allowing ourselves to be more open, allowing ourselves to be angry etc. There are fewer consequences to our behavior and so we can take more risks.
If we lack confidence, get tongue tied or have a stutter it's not going to be obvious online and therefore being online might aid confidence.
We feel like we can be who we want to be and escape from roles imposed on us in the outside world.
We can think more clearly about our thoughts and ideas, since we have to write them down.
We can edit what we say a lot more readily by hitting delete.
If we are good at writing, we might actually be able to communicate ourselves better in the online world.
Some Disadvantages of Online Relationships
We often don't make the effort to "check things out" properly. For instance if we're having difficulty with someone in the work place we may check out if they are having a personal problem which is impacting on their behavior. People online rarely do this - why bother when there are a billion other people you can talk to instead?
We may be a very physically expressive person and use gestures, eye contact and touch to express ourselves - this isn't an available option on the internet. Use of symbols and smilies can help convey our message somewhat, but it really isn't the same as a genuine smile or seeing someone genuinely upset.
We can be lied to and manipulated very easily - there are no physical cues to alert us.
There is a huge potential for misinterpretation of what people are saying and what people "mean" when they type.
Many people are better at expressing themselves verbally than through the written word and so are at a disadvantage online.

SourceRazzairedLife»Dating»Online Dating - Do You Understand the Psychology of Online Relationships? - Updated on December 11, 2017 - By: Susana Serer
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