Here Are Cybercommentators Discussing Cyberlove When Cyberlife Was New

In the early days of the Internet, online dating was exciting. And a little bit scary.

"One of the most bizarre aspects of the growing cyberlife is the number of couples who meet, fall in love, even get married online."

Growing cyberlife. As you may have guessed, the video above was shot in the '90s. It's an episode of the show Computer Chronicles in which host Stewart Cheifet talks with the journalist and commentator Larry Magid about the promises and perils of ... cyber-love.

The segment is, among other things, a nice reminder of how new—and in some ways how scary—online dating was to the people who were newly navigating it. There were, first of all, the perils of meeting strangers whom you met IN CYBERSPACE in person. But also!

"The other danger is that you could lose your heart," Magid says. "You could actually be in a situation where you actually put a lot of energy into an online relationship … and if you're in a real relationship, take that very seriously before you risk it. A lot of people have performed, essentially, an affair online, and it really has upset their mate."

But don't let the risks distract you from the rewards. Cyberlove can be a great benefit of cyberlife. "If you're lucky," Magid says, "you'll meet your dream person."

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Megan Garber is a staff writer at The Atlantic. She was formerly an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab, where she wrote about innovations in the media.

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