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So one in 5 relationships start on the web

They are now saying one in five relationships started through the web. The internet with the dating sites, chat rooms, web pages to share interests, and all the other options, have given us more chance to meet someone. However don’t be foolish and fall in love, before you meet the person, to them it may be a game, an amusement to pass the time. Or for some it is a way to get strangers to believe they are the only one, and to provide support till together in real life. There was recently a story on the news about a lady from the Philippines who had over 30 guys convinced they were the only man in her life. The average guy was sending her $400/month, almost all of them had never met her in real life. A family of four is considered poor in the Philippines if they make under 10000 pesos/month or about $250/month. This is happening all over the world, women conning men, men conning women. As a Buddhist if you look online for someone, remember that your thoughts and speech carry the same weight as in the real world. A lie on the internet is no less damaging than one in real life. The action of typing those falsehoods is the same, as if you did it in person, and the karma earned through your online actions is the same as those in person. The same rules apply to sexual relations as in the real world. I know some of you are saying but it’s different there is no physical contact. There is an emotional one, there cam be physical stimulation on both sides, so it is the same. I am not sure what the karmic implications would be for a married couple who engage in cam sex, that would be for wiser minds, to provide discourse. So regardless of online or on the street, when you meet someone who is a potential romantic partner, the proper path has not changed. Treat all with respect, honesty, love and compassion, just as you wish to be treated.

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