Cyber Dating? That phrase is very common now-a-days although it stuns me more than anything. It is easy for people to pretend they are something they are not online and there is a huge risk in moving relationships offline from the virtual world. I believe that a relationship cannot be real strictly on an online base. One needs to make actual human contact and take a look at each other’s appearances in real life. I recently started watching a show called Catfish. On the internet, a “catfish” is basically a person who creates a fake personal profiles on many social media sites—pretending to be someone more outwardly appealing than his/her true self, and they do that by using someone else’s pictures and false biographical information. These “catfish” usually intend to trick an unsuspecting person or persons into falling in love with them. This show completely made my opinion about Online dating horrible. I felt that it was very dumb and it would not work and especially after seeing the incidents and the people on the show catfish, my eyes were more open as to who were the internet stalkers.
In the article byErich R. Merkle and Rhonda A. Richardson’s ”Digital Dating and Virtual Relating: Conceptualizing Computer Mediated Romantic Relationships,” they discuss the idea of CMR’s which are computer mediated relationships. They comment that it is very difficult for one to get a look at the online person’s real personality. All your thoughts are based off of knowing whats on the computer or what they actually portray to you. They also discuss the idea that your partner online might leave willingly if they want to. If they have the feel that they dont need a relationship they can just hit the delete button.
In the movie Noah, the main character feels that his girlfriend is cheating on him so he goes through her facebook and finds out that she actually is and he decides to break up with her over Facebook. He has the problem of creating conflicts for himself which causes him to stand out behind his imitation. In my mind both the article and the movie were able to display my point perfectly that an online relationship is not a strong one and can be very severe to its victims.