My best friend is in a 7 year marriage from a man she met online. I know several people who are involved in relationships with men/women they have met online. Like "in the real world" you have to be cautious and recognize red flags when they are waving. There are toads online and in real life. I met a man thru a church group who was a player. Most of the men I have met have been thru friends and some of these men were real lulu's. You can have a long distance relationship, but I feel you need to have least met in person and began a relationship.