How technology has changed dating
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The adoption of technology has changed the way we connect and converse with others in our society and dating is no exception.
Negotiable punctuality In those mediaeval days, when you said “I'll meet you at the Szechuan Dragon at pm”, it actually meant something. Now, of course, the initially agreed meeting time is just a peg on which one vaguely hangs the plan.
It will be renegotiated countless times in the final minutes, like an e Bay auction.
We have, for example, ignored pagers, even though many nascent relationships were probably scuppered by them around 1994 when some poor deluded fool showed his off in the restaurant in the belief that it made him look important. Mercifully, the advent of the Short Message Service allowed inarticulate youths everywhere to express their interest in an indecipherable mix of abbreviated verbs and smiley faces made out of brackets and semicolons.
Younger readers may be alarmed to hear that, not that long ago, if you met someone you liked in a bar, you would actually have to ring them the next day. For those of us who still like to use whole sentences, there is also a certain haiku-like appeal in attempting to be charming in 160 characters.
Moreover, it takes an average of two weeks of texting back and forth to eventually go out on a date.
With the invention of social media it is difficult to imagine anyone going on a blind date again—why would they need to?
We not only have a wealth of information on pretty much everyone only a click away but how and where we meet future partners is changing.
The growing usage of technology to meet romantic partners has led scientists to explore the relationship that exists between technology and dating.
Modern technology has given online daters an almost unlimited supply of fresh dates, so people have more choices, but aren't necessarily having better luck finding "the one." Researchers have coined this “The Paradox of Choice,” which suggests the more choices people have, the more likely they are to avoid decisions, or to be unhappy with the decisions they do make.
This led to all sorts of appalling situations, like having to speak to one's intended's mother, or father, or husband.