Negative effect of online dating
People tend to maintain online relationships longer because theres no evident harm.
Because of this large amounts of people feel led on and eventually lose faith in online dating.
According to Barnes, people dating on the net are less likely to be faced with their partners faults and because of this they are not dating the complete person therefore being more susceptible to the fantasy.
Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, believed that the web should be used as a mirror to reflect real life and not as a completely different world.
For example, if the last person you had an online relationship with turned out to be married you might be more wary in your next online relationship.
These different personalities that get created online are only able to survive because there is no accountability in the real world for what we do and say online.
For example, if I meet someone on and we develop our relationship online none of my friends in the real world would ever have to know about it; the only way my friends would find out is if I told them myself.
This lack of accountability, for some, turns the online world into pure fantasy.
In an article by Susan Barnes the appeal of online dating is defined as fantasy: People can fall in love with the idea of love and project a fantasy image on others (Barnes 139).