Or MAYBE people meet someone who's just too far away to see every day without making drastic life changes (i.e. moving to another country).
Frankly, I'm tired of comments on something I'm doing myself. I met someone online, somehow fell for him from the beginning (through e-mail, IMs, written letters, phonecalls, etc.), have made the long trip around the world to see him once, and am doing it again this summer. I didn't ask for this. I never intended to get into an "internet" relationship in the first place, though it's more long-distance now. It's not that I'm afraid to "show my face," or like "rp-ing," it's that the person I met and fell for happens to not live right next door.
And you know, even back when I wasn't in a relationship and certainly wasn't looking, I had far more respect for people who were trying to keep something real in the mess of "unreal" online relationships. Because yes, there are those who do it for a whole manner of reasons, without any intentions of meeting. However, there are also those who simply found a different way of meeting the person they love.