Keep it Real

Internet relationships can easily become almost a role-playing situation, where you get to be your best, your partner is his best, and you only interact through words on a screen. Try to bring other dimensions into it - send flowers and cards, talk on the phone, but most importantly visit in person. People can be quite different in real life than they are on the net - get to know what the person is like in person and for lengths of time. This will help you judge if the relationship is "real" or if it is an on line fantasy.