If we can call people we have only met through the Internet friends, surely we can have a relationship the same way, albeit a virtual one? But… if you do break up with your online partner (whom you have never met in person before), can he or she be considered an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend? Can they be held in equal esteem to your past relationships that involved actual physical contact?
Isn’t there a missing element somewhere? Or have relationships been redefined by technology?
Going on that same train of thought, if you don’t consider virtual relationships to be on equal status with the “real” thing, would that mean you don’t consider friends you made over the computer “real” friends too because there’s no physical contact?