For many of us, we rely heavily on dating apps to connect us with potential partners or one-night stands. But the numbers may be more shocking to you than you initially thought. Today, online dating is the second most popular way for heterosexual couples to meet each other while it’s the first most popular way for LGBT couples to meet. In essence, everyone is using dating apps in the name of love. But does anyone know how dating technology has changed the way we date? Well, you’re about to find out.
Know everything about anyone
Before the era of dating technology, we were limited to the information of other people. You had to find out about someone through family or friends. But now, you can know everything about anyone, all they have to do is be present online. On Tinder alone, you can look through another person’s Instagram and have a real sense of who they are. If you’re worried whether they’re real or not, you can look them up on Facebook and verify their identity. Which is great, however, brings concern about personal boundaries. Hopefully, it won’t become invasive to the point where you’ll know what they bought from the adult toy shop.
It makes us let connected
Sure, you can find out everything on a person, but having this accessibility also comes with a price. In fact, technology is making our love lives harder, contrary to popular belief. Online communication cuts out non-verbal communication which makes up 40% of human communication. In essence, we’re not communicating the same way we used to because we lack skills for social interaction. Online communication doesn’t translate directly into in-person conversations. Who you think you know online, isn’t going to be who they are.
It’s more of a game than ever
Though no one likes playing games when it comes to dating, it looks like online dating has become a giant game. Tinder has 50 million users and on a daily basis produces over 12 million matches. But how many of those matches turn into long-term loving relationships? And how many are simply wasted swipes?
Though dating technology has helped us expand our horizons in terms of bringing compatible people together, it’s also proven to us that you can always get better. When your dating options are limited, you’re more focused on getting to know the person in front of you. However, with online dating, we’re now focused on finding the best which means the person in front of us is simply a stepping stone. Why emotionally invest in someone when you’re already talking to a new match?
When dating technology started to appear, we were all unsure of it. Is it safe? Is it going to help me find love? Through time, these questions answered themselves and people have found comfort and love through dating apps. It’s clear dating technology has changed the way we interact and how we form relationships. However, it’s important to understand the implications of finding convenient and easy love.