The adoption of technology has changed the way we connect and converse with others in our society and dating is no exception. How did your parents meet? Mine met on a double blind date in which my mother and father had mutual friends who introduced them. With the invention of social media it is difficult to imagine anyone going on a blind date again—why would they need to?
A nervous phone call has been replaced with an impersonal note or text; a private break-up has become a public spectacle. It used to take courage to ask someone out. The pursuer would write notes or practice in the mirror before knocking on the door of their beloved; the pursued would sit nervously by the phone for the long-awaited request for a date. Both had to master key social skills and learn the basics of communication. Social media makes getting a date and breaking up with a partner as simple as the click of a mouse.
Whereas would-be daters were once at the mercy of chance meetings and introductions by friends and family, online dating sites have broken the dating world wide open. There are niche dating sites, technology integrations, and even some ghosting going on, all because technology makes it possible. According to Tinder Founder Jonathan Bade in an article on The Huffington Post found here , technology has opened up the world in a way that few could have imagined. Not only can online daters connect via dating sites, like Tinder but they can then connect with each other via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Unsure where to start, Colleen reaches out to a few of her girl friends to arrange plans for Saturday night. Samantha is also recently divorced, but unlike Colleen, she has completely surrounded herself with work. How does your schedule look in a month? Erin has college-aged children and has much more availability these days.