Online dating entrapment
On the one hand, he felt he owed his mother all the success she worked to enable ("she wants me to be happy"), but on the other felt tremendous guilt at how the resulting independence hurt her and made her lonely.
His solution was to make sure his independent strivings rested firmly on a platform of always seeking excellence.
They provide an online destination for a technologically-mediated simulation of something people have always done: meet and flirt.
You post some attractive pictures—who cares they're a few years old by now—, answer a few survey questions, signal likes and dislikes, and craft a profile that reveals something of who you are, as well as something of who you want others to think you are.
The only way to avoid an online romance scam is to be aware of their occurrences and also to know how to spot them before they begin.