While there’s no truth filter on sites like Facebook, and there is certainly some amount of self-promotion and exaggeration, having your circle of friends visit your page can keep you pretty honest, which means by and large, your social network version of you is relatively close to the real thing – at least that’s what the studies show. Conversations, observations and interactions on social networking sites may be more casual and low risk, relieved of the pressure and anticipation of a potential date (or rejection for a potential date) that shadow every picture, message and response on dating sites.
“In part, social networking sites provide a low risk, high reward place to meet people,” says Hall.
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Of course, the data may also reflect more early social networking behavior than the way that people use the sites today.
While it dominated the early days of cyber connecting, for example, My Space was surpassed by Facebook in 2008 as the primary source of online interactions.
Congratulations — by seeking help, you've already demonstrated more self-awareness than the vast majority of online flirts.