The longer I have been single, the more I have come to realize that logic has about as much to do with dating as subtly has to do with holiday window displays. Human beings just don’t act rationally. Online dating has made this abundantly clear.
Mr. Online Only
- Age – Any Age
- Never married, divorced, anything goes
- You NEVER actually meet them, so their whole profile could be a farce.
Mr. Online ONLY is exactly as his name describes. For whatever reason, these gentlemen prefer to chat online, and will NEVER meet up with you. They will instead:
- Make a million excuses
- Cancel right before the date
- Stand you up
- Arrive at the meeting place but not approach you, only later tell you that they showed up and got scared
- Invent accidents, emergency situations etc. to excuse their behavior.
What causes this type of behavior? I don’t really know but I have some ideas….
- Suppressed homosexuality
- Fear of rejection
- Anti-social behavior
- Unresolved issues with another relationship
- Emotionally cheating on their spouse or girlfriend
- An ego trip of keeping correspondence with several women at a time
- Deep rooted insecurities
- False representation – Their entire online identity is a ruse.
They will NEVER actually meet up, or physically see you. What they would rather have is a fantasy they can play out in their mind as they type away. The first sign that you are dealing with an Online Only type: They avoid making time to see you, yet they want to maintain constant correspondence with you online. They push for emotional intimacy without any physical contact. You might find it sweet or endearing, but in most cases the physical contact is never going to happen. The online relationship is all they can handle. If you insist on meeting up and some of these men will become defensive and even hostile. Others will continually dodge the question, constantly making excuses.
You will never know
- Is their profile information accurate?
- Is the photo even of them?
- Are they in a committed relationship or married and is this just one big game for them?
A recent article in New York magazine discusses how some men have grown so used to virtual “relationships” with women in porn, that they become sexually dysfunctional when with the real thing. A sad situation indeed. Many Mr. Online’s will want to have cyber sex with you either over the phone, or through email or instant messaging. Because they will never see you, this is the most you are going to get from a man like this. Not exactly satisfying and you have no way of knowing what is actually happening on his end of the computer. Is he showing your emails or messages to his friends for a laugh? Is he publishing them somewhere on a blog? Is he with another woman while talking to you online? Since you don’t know, it is probably a bad idea to get into a situation like this.
I once had correspondence with a man I could tell was emailing several women at the same time. I figured it out when he couldn’t seem to keep track of details or things I had written. Finally I could tell he wasn’t actually reading the emails I sent him, at least not in full. The whole endeavor was rather pathetic since my emails were so brief. Even a full-page email is a few minutes worth of reading. In his case I suspect, he maintained correspondence with multiple women to feed his inflated and fragile ego. Once I figured this out, he became a bit of a joke to me. Luckily that relationship never went any further than mildly flirtatious chats online.
What to do if you encounter someone like this online? See the signs quickly and don’t take the bait. There is a reason they refuse to ever meet you. Their entire identity might be a complete fabrication. Cut them some slack but if the problem persists for an excessive amount of time, cut them loose.
Women also pull this trick, and it is often an actual scam. The women will contact men, lead them on through promises of love and devotion, maybe even engage in some cyber sex only to eventually beg for money to come for a visit. The man sends her the cash, and then waits like a fool at the airport for his dream girl who never arrives. Some of these scams are so elaborate that the photo is of a model or even a stock photo, and the person on the other end of the emails is a man located in another country. They call this one the lonely hearts scam.
Why would anyone put up with this for months in some cases years? Virtual relationships aren’t entirely real. A person we are chatting to online can’t hurt us in the same way a physical lover might. At least that’s what we tell ourselves. One viewing of the television show or film Catfish will show much heartache and pain when lovers discover their online romances were complete fabrications. Somehow we want to believe so strongly that a stranger on the other end of a computer is deeply in love with us and our perfect match. The online version is a mirage, a fairy tale we tell ourselves.
I get about an email a day or several a week from men out-of-state, some from different countries. I have gotten emails from Pakistan, Morocco, Spain, Germany, France, Ireland and on and on. Why? What woman would think starting correspondence with a man in another country would be a good idea? After my divorce I trust little of what comes out of a strange man’s mouth, and sadly I check as much as I possibly can online. How lonely does a person have to get to think that some man in a far off country, they have never met, is the only man for them? Rub the fairy dust out of your eyes and see reality. There are available men and women everywhere. Anyone trying to talk to you from a foreign country is probably up to no good. Green card, scams, kidnapping…..whatever. RUN! If a man doesn’t want to see your lovely face, then he is not that man for you. A virtual relationship is no substitute for a real one, don’t settle for a man online when you can have a man in real-time. You’re much better off with the flawed and imperfect real man than a perfectly fictitious virtual one.
- Avoiding Online Dating Scams and Misrepresentations – (wegolook.com)
- Dating Online: The Man with No Photos (julietjeskeblog.com)
- Users of Online Dating Sites Falls Victims to Fraud (wallstreetjournal.com)
- Dating After Divorce: Why is it so Difficult in your Mid Thirties (julietjeskeblog.com)
- Manti Te’o’s Dead Girlfriend, The Most Heartbreaking and Inspirational Story of the College Football Season is a Hoax (deadspin.com)
- Dating Online: The Liar (julietjeskeblog.com)
- Dating Online: Why a cub is not that Attractive to a Cougar (julietjeskeblog.com)
- Dating in NYC: Dating in the Land of Zero Effort (julietjeskeblog.com)
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