So..what is it about FanNation in particular and the Internet in general that causes people to become so emotionally involved in various things?
Any way you slice it, many things on this site evoke a strong emotional response. Whether it's anger, hysterical laughter, hate, or love it's all there to bemuse the casual observer and long term user, alike.
It's the ultimate soap opera and that's what keeps us all coming back for more. Are Becca and Joe really in love? Does Pitt Panter really 'love' animals? Who doesn't want to see Pimpy and KP make up? Will CassiRoy ever admit what he is? Are CCC and RSB really an item or are they just pulling everyones leg? (never can tell with those two)
These are the things that keep us coming back to this social networking site. It's the interaction with other people without fear of reprisal along with being a respite from our own 'real life' trials and tribulations.
So...are these 'relationships' real? Absolutely. What is a relationship if not communication? Many of us communicate more with people online than we do with our 'real-life' significant others, family members, or co-workers. In the 21st century we tend to communicate electronically more and more. Whether it's an email from your mother concerning a family function or a text message from your Husband/wife reminding you to pick up a gallon of milk from the store it's how we communicate these days.
It's only natural that relationships are formed online all things considered. When we communicate with our 'real life' friends and family electronically, it's very easy to transition that into relationships with strangers, who ultimately become friends, enemies, or lovers. Honestly, how is it any different from meeting in a bar or at work? Bar fights and office romances are pretty common. Seems pretty similar to me.
The big question...is this a good thing? The jury is still out on that one. For every success story there is a horror story. My sister met her husband online, they've been very happily married for 7 years, now. At the same time I, like most, have had very unpleasant experiences that we wouldn't wish on anyone.
Pretty much identical to 'real life'.