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Is it okay to have an online relationship?

Online relationships have become really common and are a perfectly valid type of relationship. In fact, having a relationship with someone you met online is a lot like having a relationship with someone offline - you probably talk to your online partner about stuff that’s important to you, look forward to their messages or calls, video call/facetime with them for face-to-face conversations, and you may even develop strong feelings for them.

As long as everyone involved in the online relationship is comfortable with what is going on, there is open and honest communication, trust, and people are having their boundaries respected, then it’s absolutely okay.

Handy hint #1 Keep socialising with friends and whānau offline too so that you’re not neglecting other important relationships in your life.

Handy hint #2 If you can, try to give your relationship the same time and attention offline as you do online. Excessive social media use can cause a burnout effect in romantic relationships. This is because when couples spend all of their time on social media, they aren’t spending as much time together in person. People may also cause conflict within their own relationships if they are always posting about their relationship issues on social media. Of course, if you are in a long-distance relationship it becomes more difficult to achieve a balance between time spent together online and offline.

Check out how to make online communication work for you here:

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