Thanks to the late 20th century technology, Maria of Denmark and Martijin of Holland met on a chatline. For months they’ve talked and sent letters to each other with the help of their computers as they found themselves falling head over heels in love. ___1____It was not easy to arrange as the young man and his lady were separated by 700 very real kilometers, but the date was a success and Maria and Martijin have been living together happily ever since. They’ve created a home page to let the world know how they’ve found happiness via the Internet and introduce couples who’ve met under similar circumstances.
____2____ Internet romance,according to some,is a bizarre method,and to others it is a naturally way for the 90’s to meet potential mates.
Romances formed on the Internet follow a characteristic script.___3____ “Love at first byte” is rare although there are examples. The initial light exchanges, whether by e-mail or in chat rooms,are generally followed by increasingly self-revealing topics,and then after a while,the two strangers perceive each other as a true friend. Hearts open,an avalanche of e-mail crosses cyberspace carrying literary quality, and electronic messages are even enhanced with verses and virtual gifts (flowers, kisses, animated pictures). ____4___When you reach for the mouse with sweaty palms and butterflies in the stomach to look in the in-box for new mail — there’s just no way to escape the fact—love has arrived.
_____5___Perhaps one significant difference is that communication plays such a large part. Words that convey feelings have enormous effect. While before a real date we fix our hair and our clothes,on the Internet we polish our intellect, imagination and personality. In essence, the sequence is reversed--first we show our inner beauty and only after it has won victory does the veil fall off the physical vehicle of that personality at the time of that first meeting in person.
AThe development of emotional intimacy is a long process, sometimes taking several months.
BCould any heart with romantic inclinations resist?
CIt was then that they decided to meet in the real, not only the virtual, world.
DThroughout history men and women have used a variety of means to find each other.
EHow does a cyber romance vary from a real life romance?
FIn any case,keep your eyes open off-line as well.
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