It's amazing the power words can have over people. How two different souls can relate so well to each other at times. Still, I must join Gen in wagging my head on this. I told Chris once I think I'm the "poster child" on internet love... It's so easy to give emotion fully on-line for some people, (i.e. me), - to be the person they can't be or expose in real life for what ever reasons. That makes it real easy to glimpse a perfection that may not really exist, and usually that's a two way mirror.
I feign from using the term "fantasy" because what emtion I held with Gen is the truest I think I have ever felt in life... I hid nothing from her and yet when we met, she saw things that she never saw on-line, and I saw the same in her. Someone once asked me "If I gave you flowers, would you; A - Think I was hiding something from you, B - Think I expected something from you, Or C - Think I wanted to express my fondness of you?" Is there a right answer? It's all left up to interpretation, really. It is my opinion that many people see what they want to see in another's words and not always what's really there. It is also my opinion that so many of us need something to believe in within our lives, some glimmer of hope that it, (meaning the internet), becomes an irresistable tool in seeking that hope.
I personally know of three couples who met on the internet and eventually married... The possibility of such a pure bond does exist. Still, I personally wouldn't attempt to count the number of "internet love" failures I have witnessed.
My best accessment of "internet love" from all experience and witnessing is that the internet is a great place to make contact - but until you stand face to face with that person, you never really know them, and while the feeling might survive, that doesn't always mean the relationship will.
Sorry for dragging on about this... I couldn't help myself...LOL I probably make no sense at all, I know.
In All Sincerity,
[This message has been edited by Michael (edited 03-10-2000).]