The world wide web has changed all our lives dramatically over the last twenty years. Every aspect of our lives has been made faster, better, more secure and easier than ever before. Romance and relationship continues to be affected more than most with the rising popularity of online dating, Facebook and cellular phones.
Unless you worked in a big city, had plenty of friends or engaged in other activities in the evenings or weekends, finding someone special to share your life with was always going to be difficult. The usual procedures of going to bars or clubs were, and still are, fraught with difficulties. The Internet has enabled potential partner seekers to market themselves to the world and wait to see what responses they get. For years this was always thought to be a method for sad people with no social skills and was frequently ridiculed. However the basic premise was sound. The Internet provided the missing ingredient that many love seekers were missing from their search, extent. Suddenly they weren’t limited to their circle of friends and work colleagues. They were promoting themselves 24 hours a day to thousands of like-minded potential romantic partners. Not everything was improved with the advent of online dating. Just as with any other system, online dating was likely to misuse from less than genuine individuals with exaggerated or simply false profiles and profile images. This has been improved in recent years with the growth in popularity of social media websites such as Facebook and Instagram.
A frequent use for Facebook when dating is to gather some useful information in your prospective date. This might be used to be sure the person you think you are meeting is real and is who they say they are. Social media leaves a trail so anybody can find out important information about a possible date. The main benefit here is regarding security. If it is possible to confirm the man is real it makes meeting them less risky. Another advantage of using Facebook, Twitter or other social networking site to get a sense of a potential date is that it can give you some useful subjects to discuss. First dates are catchy but with a handful of subjects you know your date has an interest in will make the whole process a lot easier.
Once in a relationship, technology has also had a major effect on how we talk, flirt and generally keep in touch with your partner. Twenty years ago, the landline was the only way to communicate with a loved one when not together. How we live has changed. Now we’re always available with the use of mobile phones and tablets. The use of SMS texting has had a gigantic impact on our daily lives. Invented primarily to send short, informative messages that they now form the bulk of communication between romantic partners when not in each other’s business. The advantages of text messaging are that they are quick and convenient and can be answered at your leisure. A significant drawback is that written text does not allow for any inflection or emotion to be inserted so messages may be mis-interpreted. Also, there is the dreaded mathematical text mixup where the phone replaces what you’re writing with what it thinks you intended to write. This can have disastrous results but also provides a few laughs. Some folks even use SMS to break up with their partner.