Technology and Dating

Does anyone remember when the term ‘singles bar’ was part of the public consciousness? I’m sure they are still around, but are they still valuable tools in navigating the dating jungle? Ok, jungle may seem like too harsh a term, but let’s be honest, it can get pretty wild out there.

The dating landscape has changed and so has the way people connect with each other. Social networking websites and hot gadgets help keep people in touch in a manner never seen before or even imagined a few years ago.

Many would argue that the Internet has had a tremendous impact on dating and relationships. Any time you surf the net, you will come across websites offering the latest tips, as well stories, good and bad, about other people’s experiences with online dating. Many people now turn to dating websites to find their ideal match.

These dating websites claim to be able to find your mate with their software, and some go as far as to offer guarantees. Some studies claim that over 3 million people have visited dating websites this year alone.

Let’s not forget the tech gadgets like the iPhone and the Blackberry, just to name a couple which enable web browsing from just about anywhere. Texting seems to have become a popular pastime for many. Throw in instant messengers and webcams, and it is easy to see that dating has been redefined to a great extent. Now singles can meet and develop a relationship with others anywhere in the world.

What does this mean for anyone in, or seeking a relationship? It is difficult to tell. Having a Smartphone in your pocket certainly can’t hurt, but some feel that seeking love through online dating services takes away some of the magic of relationships. Others may argue that in today’s fast paced world, technology makes dating and relationships easier. Whatever your approach, basic social rules of dating still apply.

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