Other ways of communicating online with these devices are via services and applications such as Email, Skype, i Chat, instant messaging programs, social networking services, asynchronous discussion groups, online games, virtual worlds and the World Wide Web.
This relationship can be romantic, platonic, or even based on business affairs.
An internet relationship (or online relationship) is generally sustained for a certain amount of time before being titled a relationship, just as in-person relationships.
In an earlier post, I discussed how people involved in online relationships can develop intense bonds due to the unique ability for the anonymity and control provided by online interactions to enable expression of the “true self”: traits that a person possesses, but does not normally feel comfortable expressing to others.
Research has shown that when we chat online, even briefly, these normally hidden traits become more cognitively accessible to us and we actually do succeed in expressing them to others (Bargh et al., 2002).
An internet relationship is a relationship 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.
Online communication has become an integral part of most of our lives, and yet many people continue to view those they meet on the Internet with suspicion.
They imagine that online forums are filled with sexual predators and people using false identities. Online interactions vary in terms of two major questions: (1) What venues are we using to communicate, and, (2) What are we lying about?
For example, negative comments about women as a group may be a form of sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment interferes with your performance by threatening your job security or becoming an obstacle to effective work.
One of the dangers however is that children don’t know who they are talking to.