Although the availability of uploading videos to the internet is not a new innovation, it has been made easier since 2008 thanks to You Tube.
You Tube began the surge of video streaming sites in 2005 and within three years, smaller web developers started implementing video sharing on their sites.
Synchronous communication occurs when two or more participants are interacting in real time via voice or text chat.
A major benefit in the rise of Internet dating is the decrease in prostitution.
This relationship can be between people in different regions, different countries, different sides of the world, or even people who reside in the same area but do not communicate in person. Michael Jaffe, author of Gender, Pseudonyms, and CMC: Masking Identities and Baring Souls, "the Internet was originally established to expedite communication between governmental scientists and defense experts, and was not at all intended to be the popular 'interpersonal mass medium' it has become", yet new and revolutionary devices enabling the mass public to communicate online are constantly being developed and released.
Rather than having many devices for different uses and ways of interacting, communicating online is more accessible and cheaper by having an Internet function built into one device, such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and smartphones.
The overwhelming result was that children and youth consider their online relationships to be just as "real" as their offline relationships.
They can find them online if that is what they desire.
Several studies have shown the availability of online dating to produce a greater closeness and intimacy between individuals because it circumvents barriers that face-to-face interactions might have.
"Participating in personal relationships online allow for almost full freedom from power relations in the offline/real world." A plethora of virtual sexual identities are represented in online profiles.
This relationship can be romantic, platonic, or even based on business affairs.
An internet relationship (or online relationship) is generally sustained for a certain amount of time before being titled a relationship, just as in-person relationships.