It is an illusion we want. When we walk beside a rose bush, we touch the rose. “Oh, it is so beautiful!” We make lovely bouquets with it and present it to near and dear ones on occasion. However, the very same rose bush has thorns. These thorns are not as pretty as the rose, though every rose bush has them. We do not, however, accept these thorns. Even one prick would instantly make us forget all the beauty of the rose bush and hate it instantly. Yet again, in an instant we are drawn to the flower and its beauty, and we loathe that it has to have those thorns.
Such is our demand for a world of convenience that we wish to change everything around us. As our understanding of the world around us increases in its complexity and dimensions, it becomes easier for us to manipulate, or rather design, our surroundings and ourselves. At it's most basic level, the need or the desire to remodel the world around us stems from our instinct of self-preservation. We do not want to feel threatened in any way from the elements.
This is the same with online relationships. If you have been on the Internet long enough, then you would inevitably have had the opportunity to become friends through with people from around the world. I have been on the Internet since 1997 and that by far is a very long time. I have tried every form of chatting to include the simple java based webchat, Internet Relay Chat, the online messengers of today, and metaverses.
The greatest lesson I have learnt from these relationships is that they never last. The number one reason is how relationships develop. It develops very quickly and ends just as fast. People keep searching for others who share their own interests and the kind of "perfect" people they do not get to meet in their real lives. They put a lot of expectation into this relationship.
In the more concrete real world relationship, friends are not sugar coated. You are often exposed to all the facets of a person's character, including their good and bad sides. On the Internet however, it is a very shallow relationship. People would make friends with you since they fancy your style or charisma. Once they get to know you for a longer period of time, you end up inevitably telling them your troubles and your frustrations. The majority of online friends have very little patience to listen to your problems. They would eventually find some reason to break off the relationship.