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Is it really a breakup if a couple who only dated online calls it quits? (AP file)

Curley: Online dating is not a real relationship

When 97.3 KIRO FM's John Curley first heard the story of love-gone-bad on a relationship call-in show, he figured it was like most others. The heartbroken women sadly told of her eight month relationship coming to an end. There was just one small detail that floored the host and Curley: The couple had never actually met.

"We just realized we're going different directions and after eight months we just, it just isn't working out," she said.

It's a growing trend that leaves Curley feeling less than love struck.

"This woman described it as dating. Dating? That's not dating," Curley lamented.

Despite his less than favorable outlook on finding online love, it seems to be a growing trend. A couple that met playing Halo online has become an Internet sensation after posting a video of their first physical meeting following five years of online dating.

The woman who goes by "cadynow" on the YouTube video wrote "Once we talked 'face to face,' we hit it off as a couple from then on. Now we finally got to meet in person for the first time after dating for two years. We're currently engaged as well."

A recent study found online dating is the second most common way for people to meet, but Curley questions the quality of the relationships it's cultivating and our increasing inability to even talk to each other.

"More people text than talk on the phone nowadays. You don't even want your phone to ring. People don't even leave voicemails any more."

When it comes to the breakup like the one he heard on Delilah after eight months of never actually meeting, Curley points out there's another unique challenge.

"What special song would you play for somebody who has been 'dating online?!' Does that include all capital letters?"

Josh Kerns, MyNorthwest.com
Josh Kerns is an award winning reporter/anchor and host of KIRO Radio's Seattle Sounds (Sunday afternoons 5-6p) and a digital content producer for MyNorthwest.com.
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