Online relationships are not much different from offline relationships. They both require two essential attributes: trust and communication. Trust needs communication as re-enforcement; communication needs trust as its validation. If either is missing or lacking in quality, the relationship may become endangered.
Online relationships work just as fine as offline relationships. However, they need more attention. One cannot allow too much time to lapse before communicating with the relationship partner. If a partner allows too much time to lapse, that partner also allows room for the other partner to begin to worry. Problems begin from errors in communication.
For instance, social media dating is a type of online relationship. Social media sites offer several ways to share information and personal media. If a partner shares something personal with the partner's Facebook friends -- without the other partner's permission -- it could result in conflict. On April 25, 2012, in a New York Times article entitled, "'What Were You Thinking?' For Couples. New Source on Online Friction"Laura M. Holson stated something similar:
"If one half of a couple is not interested in broadcasting the details of a botched dinner or romantic weekend, Facebook posting or tweeting can create irritation, embarrassment and bruised egos."
The topic correlates with trust and communication. One partner may trust the other not to share such information; however, with a lack of proper communication, the information could be shared and that partner's trust tornished. Online relationships are delicate situations. If possible, ensure one's partner has no reason to become insecure about the relationship. Be open and honest about your online dating endeavors. Start keeping secrets, and one's partner may begin as well.