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8 Warning Signs in an Online Relationship ...

By Heather

When you're in an online relationship, it can be so easy to lie – so that's why there are tons of warning signs in an online relationship that you've got to watch out for! Have you developed strong feelings for a guy, but you've never met him? Never talked to him on the phone? Never even Skyped with him? These are all warning signs in an online relationship that you should watch out for! I was in an online relationship for over a year and then my partner and I met – and it worked out for us! It can work, but if you get the icky feeling that you're being lied to, take a look at these signs!

1 Extravagant Stories

Always, the top warning signs in an online relationship that you should watch out for are extravagant stories. Nobody can be a model, a flight attendant and be going to school to be a doctor. Not all at the same time. If you are hearing a bunch of stories (because that's what they are most of the time) and not a lot of it seems realistic, this is a warning sign!

2 Will Never Video Chat

All right, I get that sometimes video chat isn't an option. I never video chatted with my partner, but if your mate flat out refuses to video chat with you, claims they have never done it with anyone else and refuse to even think about purchasing a web cam, that could be a warning sign. I'd use this sign in conjunction with the other signs though.


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3 No Updated Pictures

Are their profile pictures the same and unchanging for years at a time? I know that I have a few photos that I switch between, but I do occasionally update my profile picture. If their profile picture is the same always, it could be because that is one of the only pictures that they have – because they can't take anymore.

4 Limited Number of Pictures Sent to You

What about the number of pictures that are sent to you? If your guy or gal has sent you just 3 or 4 pictures (or even 10 pictures!) and you've been 'dating' for over a year? That isn't enough. Especially if you've begged them to take pictures of themselves and they just don't.

5 No Phone Calls

This is one of the real warning signs in an online relationship that you should pay attention to. Why does your partner or mate not want you to hear their voice? Do you think it's because it could sound completely different than you are expecting? These are things to think about!

6 Provide Limited Information

While you should never give out all of your information online, some information about where you live, where you went to school and where you are from are all things that should be given – if you're dating. Why would you want to date someone that you really know nothing personal about?

7 No Key Information

How about the key information, like some of their history, how they were brought up, what thoughts and feelings they are experiencing? If you're in a relationship where your partner isn't giving up the goods on what they really feel like, then it really isn't a relationship – that is deep.

8 Inconsistent Stories

Finally, the last warning bell that you should be watching out for are the stories being inconsistent. Does your partner have a sister in rehab – but then they are suddenly in jail? What about if they claim to have four siblings but later down the line, they slip that they have five? These little inconsistencies can add up to lies!

While being in an online relationship is easy and can be wonderful, there are warning signs that you've got to watch out for. Have you ever been in an online relationship, or Catfished in one?

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