Originally Posted by redpepper
I just realized [...] that I am an incredibly tactile and visual person. I don't do well keeping on line friends because I find it hard to not be able to touch them, smell them and see them. With time my contact fades and I don't know how to keep it going.
RP, that pretty much sums up my take as well - it feels like such an important dimension is (or several dimensions are) missing when I can't physically be with someone.
I really struggle with the "online only"-type thing. Heck, even the "online mostly" thing.... so I have pretty much given up trying.