With new media, individuals simultaneously have more convenience but also more complexity, expenses and social pressure to adopt.
Paula Blewett, who met her boyfriend Douglas online, added: "As a woman you are more confident and you can come across as sharp and witty because it's not a rapid response conversation, like in a bar.
"Everyone can sound like a raconteur on the internet." Professor Helen Petrie, of City University, London, said: "There are people who lack interpersonal social skills and would find it very difficult to meet people in bars.
Mr Samuels is also accused of cheating his stepson out of thousands of pounds.
Dr Petra Boynton, sex editor of Men's Health, said: "People who feel uncomfortable can actually be much more up front doing this, and ask direct questions.
The mother-of-three said she felt like wanting "to die".
Mr Samuels, from Broadway Grove, St Johns, Worcester, is accused of defrauding five women, including a widow and a serving police officer, between 20.
However, only 9% of chatroom users chose to converse via a webcam, most "shying away" in favour of "text-based relationships".
Dr Gavin said: "What struck us was how the more traditional aspects of relationships seemed strong.
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