Technology and Romance: How the internet has changed our dating habits. -

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The Internet has dramatically changed our lives over the last twenty years. Every aspect of our lives has been made faster, better, safer, and easier than ever.

Romance and dating have been hit harder than most by the growing popularity of online dating, Facebook, and mobile phones.

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Unless you worked in a big city, had lots of friends, or participated in other activities at night or on weekends, finding someone special to share your life with was always going to be difficult.

The usual methods of going to pubs or clubs were, and continue to be, fraught with difficulties. The internet has made it possible for potential partner seekers to market themselves to the world and wait and see the answers they get.

For years, this has always been seen as a method for sad people with no social skills and has often been ridiculed.

However, the basic premise was solid. The internet provided the missing ingredient that many love seekers lacked in their research, reach.

As a result, they were no longer limited to their circle of friends and work colleagues. Now, they were promoting each other around the clock to thousands of like-minded potential romantic partners.

Not everything has improved with the advent of online dating. Like any other system, online dating was prone to abuse from less than genuine individuals with exaggerated or simply fake profiles and profile pictures.

This has improved in recent years with the increase in popularity of social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram.

Verification A common use of Facebook when dating is to gather useful information about your potential date. This could be used to make sure that the person you think you are meeting is genuine and who they say they are.

Social media leaves a trail so anyone can find important information about a potential date. The main advantage here is safety. If you can confirm that the person is genuine, it makes meeting them less risky.

Another benefit of using Facebook, Twitter, or another social media site to get a feel for a potential date is that it can give you useful topics to discuss.

First dates are tricky, but with a handful of topics that you know your date has an interest in, the whole process will be a lot easier.


Once in a relationship, technology has also had a huge impact on the way we chat, flirt, and generally stay in touch with your partner.

Twenty years ago, the landline was the only way to communicate with a loved one when you were not together.

The way we live has changed. Now we are always available with the use of mobile phones and tablets. The use of SMS has had a huge impact on our everyday life.

Invented primarily to send short, informative messages, they are now the bulk of communication between romantic partners when not in each other's company.

The advantages of text messaging are that it is fast and convenient, and can be answered as you wish. A major drawback is that the written text does not allow for an inflection or emotion to be added, so messages can be misinterpreted.

In addition, there is the dreaded mix of predictive text where the phone replaces what you write with what it thinks you want to write.

This can have disastrous effects, but it also provokes some laughs. Some people even use SMS to break up with their partner.


Technology has improved the way we find love and communicate with our loved ones, but it has also alienated us from our loved ones with our over-reliance on quick and easy ways to say how we feel.

Nothing can replace face-to-face contact and conversation, but hopefully technology can help us fill in the gaps when we were apart.

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