Internet friendship

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Internet relationships are interpersonal relationships, including intimate relationships, between people who have met online, and in many cases know each other only via the Internet. Online relationships are similar in many ways to pen pal relationships. In the late 20th century, it became easier for people to establish meaningful online relationships. Since the development of high-speed broadband Internet, online friendships have changed significantly. It is possible to hold real-time audio and video conversations over the Internet (creating telepresence), providing levels of interactivity beyond plain text.

Psychologists in at least one study found that Internet dating can be successful.[1]

References

Further reading

  • Dwyer, Diana (2000) Interpersonal Relationships (Routledge Modular Psychology)
  • Englehardt, E.E. (2001), Ethical Issues in Interpersonal Communication: Friends, Intimates, Sexuality, Marriage, and Family, Hartcourt College Publishers, Fort Worth, TX,
  • Schnarch, D. (1997). Sex, intimacy, and the internet. Journal of Sex Education, 22(1), 15-20.

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