The dating scene has changed due to the rise of social media. Finding your significant other is no longer as simple as an encounter at a sporting event or a run in at the grocery store. Technology has changed the way we date.
Social media leads us to believe we may truly know someone, when we barely do.
Since there have been so many changes in how new relationships begin, successful relationships are harder to maintain.
It once took courage to ask someone out. The pursuer would write notes, bring flowers and knock on the door of their beloved to ask them on a date.
Now, social media makes getting a date as simple as sending a message and takes away the intimacy of face-to-face contact.
The immediate connection through media means couples are more likely to initiate contact than they once were.
On the other hand, those who are looking for a long-term, committed relationship may find that social media makes it too easy to meet people. Easy accessibility to a pool of singles contributes to serial dating. Rather than investing in one or two serious relationships, some may find themselves juggling multiple superficial short-term interactions.
Relationships founded through social media can be difficult when conversations are scripted and texts are misinterpreted. Online, we can choose to present ourselves as who we want to be, not as who we are. It’s easy to create a false image of who we think a person is based on comments they make from behind a computer screen.
There is a place for social media in our lives, but we need to recognize the challenge it presents. If we’re not careful, it can become an obstacle for genuine intimacy.
Relationships can start with exchanged messages and virtual flirtations, but they shouldn’t end there.
While some might find love on social media sites, others might be better off going the old-school route.
Good old-fashioned conversation and affection can be supplemented by social media, but not replaced.