Oh hell yeah!!! I’ve met about 75 folks that I knew online IRL. A handful in my neck of the woods (10 or 15) and around 60 from all parts of the US and some folks from overseas.
With one exception all GREAT people, very real, very much IRL as they were online, except of course more “there” more lively as can be expected.
I’ve dated men from all over the country too, met a few, dated one for about 6 months. It ended for reasons other than it being an online thing.
I don’t know why so many people always act as if online relationships are so “weird” or “not real”.
Hell, it’s nothing new at all!! It’s been going on for hundreds of years!!! (okay, not the computer part :D).
Back “in the day” there were mail order brides, and as recently as WWI and II, penpals fell in love with their penpals and later met and married.
The only difference between this, and that, is the pretty blinking lights. Oh, and this is quite a bit faster than the pony express.
I think that in a lot of ways, internet dating is superior to meeting someone by chance, dating, lusting, having sex etc, blah blah blah.
One is forced to really get to know the other person. imho, It’s kindof hard to fake who you are for very long at a time, when you have to use this medium. And distractions such as someone’s looks, or lack thereof, are a moot point as well. (not that looks are a bad thing).
Anyway, that’s just mho.