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“Virtual Love”

Meeting someone online can have both its advantages and disadvantages. When an individual meets someone that they’re interested in, the two individuals might begin an online courtship towards one another by sending emails to each other. On the other hand, an online relationship can make a turn for the worst if both parties allow the relationship to continue any further if the connection between the two individuals is no longer going anywhere. In the article “Virtual Love”, Meghan Daum describes how a single email led her to fall in love with a man named Pete, whom she had only communicated with over emails and through the telephone. When the two finally meet and begin to spend quality time with each other, Daum begins to notice that there was no common ground between the two of them when they were together in person. The relationship that the two of them had shared and enjoyed was only visible through a computer screen and heard through a telephone. The online relationship that Meghan experiences with Pete is soon shattered when they meet person-to-person for the first time, and reality kicks in for both of them, leading them to discontinue their relationship in the end. One day, Meghan receives an unexpected email from a man who goes by the name “PFSlider”. According to Daum, she admits, “the kindness pouring forth from my computer screen was bizarrely exhilarating”(p255). When she sends a reply email back to him, they begin to communicate via email, which then develops into them communicating through the telephone. As the emails came pouring forth, Pete’s feelings towards Meghan were revealed with every incoming email that Meghan received. As explained in an email that Daum received from Pete, he states “I had a date last night, and I am not afraid to say it was doomed from the start because I couldn’t stop thinking about you”(p257). As the two became more acquainted with each other, they began to use the tele...

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