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Online Relationships

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Karen Sobiesczyk

on 19 February 2011

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relationships Do You Know... ...that people use the Internet for many specific purposes... ...like seeking information... ...support... ...entertainment... ...shopping... ...learning... ...and socializing. And you probably also know... Okay, I thought you might know that. ...that people are driven by their personal needs and traits on one hand... ...and socialcultural contexts on the other. Yeah, I figured you knew that too... But do you really understand... ...that everything you do or say on the Internet... ...has immediate consequences ... ...that impact your close offline
social circles ...and your wider social contexts... ...like school, or work. At some point, you have to ask yourself... Are online relationships real.... Are they worth the risk? ...or just fantasy? Debate on the social role of the Internet has centred on whether its use will tend to isolate or connect individuals, undermining or reinforcing social ties. Corinna di Gennaro & William H. Dutton Since its inception, the Internet has allowed people to communicate with
others through a growing variety of applications such as email, mailing lists,
message boards like Usenet, and computer conferencing. Thus, even early
enthusiasts saw this technology as a new means for enhancing social networks
via the creation of virtual communities (Rheingold 1994). However, intial studies were skeptical about the utiligy of people using the Internet to create meaningful social relationships, due to the anonymity, lack of cues, and lower social presence provided by the Internet. Moreover, the widespread diffucsion and heavy use of personal computers and the Internet generated concern over the degree that time spent online would substitute for time spent in face to face social interaction; thus, attention shifted to whether Internet use would increase or decrease sociability. Corinna di Gennaro & William H. Dutton Is is true? Is technology weakening interpersonal relationships? You know the old saying, "If you wouldn't do it in real life, don't do it online"?

What would Facebook look like in 'real life?' Check it out... ...or just fantasy? (pardon the Google ads) So let's 'face' it; developing relationships online is far different
from maintaining our day-to-day, face-to-face relationships... Do you know who you're really talking to? and
Networks Articles about "dos and don'ts of online relationships" http://teenadvice.about.com/lr/dos_and_don_ts_of_online_relationships/158015/3/ Articles about "making friends online" http://teenadvice.about.com/lr/making_friends_online/158015/4/ So how do you stay safe while still meeting people online? There are old rules and new rules you should strictly abide by. Some of these you’ve likely heard before, and with good reason. So here they are, the cardinal rules of online relationships… Unless you already know the person offline, always assume the person you are dealing with on the Internet is not who they claim to be and conduct yourself accordingly. If an online friend starts getting intimate with you or asks you sexually suggestive questions back off and ignore them in the future. If they persist, tell a parent or other trusted real world adult and report them to the site administrator. Never arrange to meet an Internet friend alone. If you must meet them do so in a very public and neutral place (like a mall food fair), bring along a few friends and TELL AN ADULT. (Ideally this adult will also go with you even if they hang back and don’t actually appear to be with you.) Once you’ve met an online friend never go anywhere private with them until you know them better, as well as you would expect to know a school friend before being alone, and have been out in public with them just about as often as you have your offline friends. Never arrange to travel great distances alone to see an online friend, even if you’ve already met face-to-face. always tell someone - your friends, parents, a co-worker, teacher - what you are up to, where you will be and when you will be back, and don't deviate from your plans without telling someone. Never ask another person to lie for you so you can meet an online friend. If your meeting has to start with a lie it can’t possibly be good. Over the course of seven years, our research examining teenagers’ use of the internet has repeatedly shown that teens are one of the most wired segments of the American population. And teenagers, perhaps more than any other age group in the U.S., have been well-positioned to take advantage of new communications technologies and social media applications as they emerge.
Psychologists have long noted that the teenage years are host to a tumultuous period of identity formation and role development.

Adolescents are intensely focused on social life during this time, and consequently have been eager and early adopters of internet applications that help them engage with their peers. In our first national survey of teenagers’ internet use in 2000, we found that teens had embraced instant messaging and other online tools to play with and manage their online identities. In our second major study of teens in 2004, we noted that teenagers had taken to blogging and a wide array of content creation activities at a much higher rate than adults. Teens who adopted these tools were no longer only communicating with text, but they were also developing a fluency in expressing themselves through multiple types of digital media including photos, music and video.

And along comes MySpace. Teens, Privacy & Online Social Networks
Amanda Lenhart, Mary Madden
April, 2007 But is it possible to
find love online? Yes! But dating rules have changed... #1 Be familiar with modern modes of communication
Your date WILL text you.

#2 No more waiting game; if you had a great time,
Text your date to let him or her know.

#3 Be careful what you share online!!

#4 The world is smaller than ever.

#5 Do not assume exclusivity; there are more people
multi-dating than ever before.

#6 Marriage is no longer always the goal.

#7 40 is the new 30.

#8 Gender roles are negotiable.

#9 Play coy at your own risk.

#10 Your past is always present.

#11 Ethnic barriers matter less than ever. And the best rule of all.... #12 Charm matters more than ever. ...but beware... Online relationships can be fun, and the global internet allows us to meet new friends and talk to old friends anywhere in the world...
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