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Dating tips for online relationships

How to find love online

An online relationship can be tricky, especially if you’ve never met the person face to face, but it isn’t impossible. By communicating regularly, being honest and making time to really get to know each other, an online relationship can grow. Try some of these tips for maintaining an online relationship and be sure to follow our top 10 tips for safe online dating.

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Do's and don'ts for online relationships

Do set time aside each day to talk on the phone, e-mail, Skype or chat online with your online partner. Make sure it's a time when you both will not be interrupted. This special time will help you continue to learn more about each other and feel closer.

Don't pretend to be someone you're not just so the other person will like you more. If you truly plan on creating a long-term relationship, you both must be honest about yourselves so no one feels cheated later on.

Do remember important dates in your new partner's life. Send e-cards on birthdays or holidays and remember to congratulate him on important events like job promotions or his office's baseball team's latest win. He will truly feel special to you if you remember important events in his life.

Date ideas for online relationships

Even though there is distance between you, it doesn't mean that you can't enjoy spending time together online. One fun online date idea is to play online games together. MSN and Xbox online both offer games you can play together from your computer. Want a more romantic date? Rent the same romantic movie from Netflix online and watch it together while texting or talking on the phone. Be creative and find things you both enjoy doing online that you can share.

Ways to spice up your online relationship

Keeping an online relationship fresh can be challenging because it lacks the physical contact that most relationships enjoy. One way to become closer is to start a blog or open a Facebook account that only the two of you can access and share romantic posts and photos with each other. Guys, do send your loved one a romantic gift, like candy, flowers or a naughty nightie to keep the flirtation going.

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