Is It Possible to Fall In Love With a Stranger?

Remember back before Meg Ryan broke up John Mellencamp’s marriage and Tom Hanks didn’t have jowls? Those were the days; the sweet days of Internet innocence and chat rooms. A/S/L? You know what I’m talking about–You’ve Got Mail. A remake of The Shop Around the Corner for the modern days of the ‘90s, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks fall in love based only on their open and heartfelt e-mails and AOL chats.

When my grandmother passed away I found a cigar box filled with love letters she wrote to my grandfather before they were married. He kept them for all those years, and they were filled with so much love they made my heart ache. If they hadn’t been in love before, they were certainly in love then. But is that possible today? Is it possible to fall in love with someone based on your Twitter feed and direct messages? Through your tumblr or yes, loathe though I am to admit it, through a dating site?

I’ve puzzled over this for many hours, seeing as I spend 99% of my time scanning my Twitter feed. I’ve developed quite a few crushes on gentlemen that make me laugh and though some scattered DMs (direct messages, for you crazies that aren’t tweeting.) I almost sometimes forget that I’ve never met them. And of course, they could very well be a 45-year-old pervert pretending to be a hipster in an adorable hat. But they’re just silly, passing crushes. Right?

I don’t have an answer for you. I know I, personally, express myself better through the written word. I get all tongue-tied and befuddled trying to express myself verbally. Unless it’s a witty retort, I’ve got nothing. It’s so much easier to think of a witty response when you have time to mull it over. You can always present the very best version of yourself on the Internet. (Though I do frequently mock my own failings on my Twitter feed for the amusement of others.) There’s so much love in the world to give and take, but can you really fall in love with a stranger on the Internet?

I’ll have to get back to you on that.

Have you ever fallen for a stranger? Tell us your story in the comments.
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