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What happens If you write intensively with someone for years, never meet face-to-face, and you are finally going to visit each other? As in seeing in real time. Face-to-face.
It’s weird when people know you from your blog. They have all kind of assumptions based upon your writings. You’ll be amazed what people’s assumptions about you can be. You’ll notice when you finally meet.
What happens if you build a relationship without direct contact and you meet?
What happens if you communicate with a person on an online dating site for a while, and you go on a first date?
Was an old-school first date about getting to know each other, the new, modern first-date 2.0 is all about validation. Are my assumptions of him valid? Did he tell the truth? “The initial meeting tends to be a screening out process instead of a romantic occasion“.
With pure online communication validation is the key problem. Yes, we can build real relationships through digital media. Yes, without direct validation we can create a hyperbolic and idealized conceptualization of each other (hyperpersonal communication).