I was involved in an online relationship about a year ago. While it wasn't particularly painful it also wasn't particularly uplifting. At the time I fooled myself into thinking that our interpersonal connection was more real than it was, but eventually came to the conclusion that the same thing that I felt had brought us together was also keeping us apart. Sometimes it is just too hard to get past the cold artifice of the computer. While it is possible for a computer based relationship to work I feel that more often we fall in love with the idea of love than an actual person. I realized afterward that I need to get out more.