How Technology Is Changing the Way We Treat Love
Technology’s intrusion in our love lives has influenced us both positively and negatively. It’s true that technology has imprisoned people’s love lives. Through technology, people make up, break up, and meet (not necessarily in that order). It has become the centre of your love life, changing the way sparks used to fly. So, how does romance and dating work through technology anyway? Let’s find out how technology has put cupid out of business:
ü We Can Now Find Love Anywhere in the World
Meeting someone in person has become so old school these days, especially because of the infinite number of dating sites that enable people to meet online. Now, Romeo and Juliet settle on sitting in front of their computer screens, building their “I am your perfect match,” profile. When someone swipes right on your profile, the heart flutters, signaling the beginning of a long-distance relationship. Fun Fact: 17% out of 17,000 of married couples fall in love online. You may just find your one and only in another part of the world, or if you’re lucky, in the same vicinity as you.
ü You Only Need to Look Good from the Neck Up
What happened to the romantic dates that occurred on the beach or a restaurant? Most people decided to substitute the dates for significantly less expensive alternatives such as videoconferencing. Skype and Facetime have become the “it” tools to chat up the person you are interested in. People having their first dates via technology are missing the rush of feelings that comes when meeting in person. However, they know that all they have to do is wear a nice shirt and look good from the neck up – the camera doesn’t show that you are wearing shorts or pajama bottoms.
ü Expressing Yourself Has Become Easier
When you love someone, you want to announce it to the world. What better way to do it than telling them via a Facebook status update! When it comes to love, nothing stays private anymore, as people are quick to tell their undying love for their girlfriend or boyfriend via their social media profile. Has expressing your feelings in person become a taboo? Something to think about when you’re alone.
ü Introverts and Socially Awkward People Now Have a Level Playing Field
If you had trouble going up to the girl or guy you like, technology has made it easier for you to approach them. All you have to do is send them a text, a message, or an email to get a conversation going. Again, with so many dating sites at your disposable, you can find many singles that are as ready to mingle as you are. And if the conversation doesn’t go as planned, you can always say that your profile was hacked.
ü Your Online Profile Matters More Than Your Person
A poorly written dating profile does not award you any points, as people will look at it, and move on to the next person. This just shows you that your appearance in your profile picture matters more than what you look like in real life. In a way, this also cancels out the love at first sight phenomena. If you are going down this route, you have to make your profile stand out and exhibit stellar writing skills to win the masses over.
Has technology changed the way people fall in love? It most definitely has changed the way people meet and get to know each other.
A few popular technology quotes
“The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.” ~ B. F. Skinner
“Technology… the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it.” ~Max Frisch
“TV and the Internet are good because they keep stupid people from spending too much time out in public.”
~ Douglas Coupland
“Technology frightens me to death. It’s designed by engineers to impress other engineers. And they always come with instruction booklets that are written by engineers for other engineers — which is why almost no technology ever works.” ~ John Cleese
“The great myth of our times is that technology is communication.” ~ Libby Larsen
“Technology made large populations possible; large populations now make technology indispensable.”
~ Joseph Wood Krutch
“Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.”
~ Pablo Picasso
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