How Technology has Changed the Face of Dating

How Technology has Changed the Face of DatingDating isn’t what it used to be. It’s very rare to just walk up to someone you’re interested in, ask them for their phone number and see if they’d be interested in going on a date with you. That’s way too old-school and low-tech for the kids of today’s generation. Tweeting, texting and facebooking have completely replaced the traditional style of dating that we are used to.

Before this generation, people would ask others to go on things called “dates”. This typically involved a boy going up to a girl and asking if she would like to go out and eat dinner, watch a movie, have a picnic or some other type of activity that required the two individuals to interact with each other. If the boy was really shy, he might even try calling the girl up on the telephone and asking her on a date. Nowadays, only the bravest of the brave would make such a bold move.

Dating, one of the best ways to get to know a person, has devolved from the art form that it once was, to a night of hanging out with large groups, playing video games and eating doritos. Since asking someone on a date has become so much less formal, dating has become much less formal. There are occasions when a man will plan something nice, but the majority of the time, going out will be much less impressive than it used to be.

With social media, people tend to become more brave than they are in person. They’re more willing to say things that they wouldn’t say in person, making it feel like they have a very strong personality and presence, when in reality, they aren’t that courageous and outgoing. The fact that you are able to converse with someone fluently over the internet, does not translate to in-person interaction. Not only that, but in many circumstances you don’t even know with whom you are talking.

Social media isn’t the only thing that has ruined the dating experience. Technology in general has become a blessing and a burden for those who are searching for love.

Texting has replaced phone calls, but cell phones have made everyone much easier to contact. Photo editing software has made pictures more attractive, but it can be misleading. Facebook and Twitter posts have made your feelings more transparent than what they were. Webcams have made long distance relationships and traveling more bearable for the parties who are involved but have become part of the excuse so that one person can get away from the other.

Technology has become so involved in our lives that it has completely infiltrated every aspect of our lives, including dating. It’s contributed a lot of good to the lives of singles and couples all over the world, but it can be a tool that’s used to mislead and hurt people, as well. Technology is an excellent tool to find people and communicate, but it shouldn’t be relied on as the primary source of communication.

Jessie Jaureguy

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Jessie is a technical consultant and interior decorator living in Seattle. She enjoys web design, Pantone colors, and helping people find their own personal office zen.
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