Several studies have shown the availability of online dating to produce a greater closeness and intimacy between individuals because it circumvents barriers that face-to-face interactions might have.
They have the ability to venture outside of their comfort zone and act as someone completely different. They concluded that "when asked what they were looking for in an online relationship, the considerable majority of participants expressed interest in seeking fun, companionship, and someone to talk to.
The Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication reports the results of a study conducted by Robert J. Most also reported interests in developing casual friendships and dating relationships with online partners.
An internet relationship is a relationship between people who have met online, and in many cases know each other only via the Internet.
Online relationships are similar in many ways to pen pal relationships.
The major difference here is that an internet relationship is sustained via computer or online service, and the individuals in the relationship may or may not ever meet each other in person.