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.
Substantially fewer reported using the Internet for the specific purposes of identifying potential sexual or marital partners." Faye Mishna, Alan Mc Luckie, and Michael Saini, co-authors of the Oxford Journal article Real-World Dangers in an Online Reality: A Qualitative Study Examining Online Relationships and Cyber Abuse, reported the results of their research and observation of over 35,000 individuals between the ages of 6 and 24 who have been or currently are a part of an internet relationship.
Of the final 346 posts chosen to be included in the study, the average age of online users sharing information about their online relationship(s) was 14 years old.
Due to the anonymity of these virtual profiles, individuals are more frequent to 'role'-play at being one of the predefined 'types', although offline, reservations may inhibit the individual from sharing true answers. Lenton, users of online games, websites, and other virtual communities are encouraged to conceal their identities and learn things about themselves that they never knew before.
There have also been many studies done to observe online daters and their reason for turning to the internet to look for romantic partners. With a concealed identity, an online user can be whoever they want to be at that exact moment. Deveau on types of relationships online participants were seeking.
An internet relationship (or online relationship) is generally sustained for a certain amount of time before being titled a relationship, just as in-person relationships.The overwhelming result was that children and youth consider their online relationships to be just as "real" as their offline relationships.The study also showed that the internet plays a crucial role in most sexual and romantic experiences of adolescent users.The amount of personal information users are being asked to provide is constantly increasing.
More and more online users are starting to explore and experiment with aspects of their sexual identities, whereas before, they may have felt uncomfortable due to social constraints or fear of possible repercussions.This relationship can be between people in different regions, different countries, different sides of the world, or even people who reside in the same area but do not communicate in person. Michael Jaffe, author of Gender, Pseudonyms, and CMC: Masking Identities and Baring Souls, "the Internet was originally established to expedite communication between governmental scientists and defense experts, and was not at all intended to be the popular 'interpersonal mass medium' it has become", yet new and revolutionary devices enabling the mass public to communicate online are constantly being developed and released.