Online romances get a lot of flack, less so than they used to, but it's still an issue with a lot of people. Despite the millions of dollars made by online matchmaking companies and the thousands of success stories about meeting online, it's still considered embarrassing to tell your friends and family that you met your significant other on the interweb. There are many in my family who have never even used the internet and think it very odd that I would even consider meeting people in real life that I only know online. On that note, let me say that some of my closest friends are people I've never met and may never meet, but that's another topic (one I've already discussed).
So less babbling, more epiphany-explaining. What is my point? Well, it's this: The modern online romance mimics romance of old. Hear me out before you start asking about my mental stability. I actually have some pretty solid reasons.
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1. Communication in the olden days was done mostly via letter. Sure, nowadays you don't have to wait weeks for that letter to arrive, but it's very similar. An email is a type of letter (electronic mail). The letter is instant, but it's still a letter, and that's how couples used to communicate. They didn't just call a local girl up and ask her to the movies or bowling or what-have-you. They wrote letters, sometimes very long ones. When you're in a long-distance/online relationship, email and instant messaging will be a large chunk of your correspondence.
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2. Actual physical interaction was very limited. Couples saw each other very infrequently during the courting phase. And when they did, they thoroughly enjoyed the time they had together (and I don't mean with sex). They talked a lot and used the time to get to know each other even better. And they didn't always have to be doing something. They were perfectly happy sitting on a bench all day just being near the other.
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3. They required patience and persistence. In today's world of instant gratification, relationships flare hot and fizzle out quickly. One of my favorite quotes comes from the show Party Time. "A good [romance] is like a crockpot. It simmers slowly all day long." Crockpot romances take time to build and and they're strong enough to last through the hard times. Long-distance/online relationships are perfectly suited for crockpot romances. Like all relationships, they take effort from both parties to make them work. You can't just call them up the day you want to go out. You actually have to plan when you get to see each other, and when you do, you make the most of it.
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Duct tape fixes everything!
So there you have it, folks. Even though the internet provides nearly instant communication, it also seems to be drawing us back to the old ways of romance. Do you agree? Disagree? Think I'm completely off my rocker?