Dating in the digital age is tough; this we know. Add multiple technologies and methods of communicating into the mix, and things can get downright ugly — remember the quote from Drew Barrymore's character from He's Just Not That Into You? I've offered some of my best dating advice for dealing with modern-day dating challenges in my Tech Dating 101 series. This week's edition: dealbreakers.
A friend in another city was casually dating someone who she seemed into; she'd send periodic email updates on the places they went and always gushed about how sweet and attentive he was. Realizing I hadn't heard an update in a few weeks, I asked her how things were going. "Oh, I ended it," she said. "His emails were starting to freak me out." His emails? Really? For her explanation,
She went on to explain that he constantly addressed her by first name in emails and text messages, something she couldn't stand. I figured it was just his way of being attentive and personal, but she found it too formal. In hindsight, I don't think she was as into this guy as she wanted to be and was looking for some kind of out, hence, the proclamation that the over-personalized emails were a dealbreaker.
I'm not sure that I have such a specific dealbreaker, though I have made it pretty clear how I feel about emoticon overuse and questionable photos on his laptop. Aside from major issues, though, I can't imagine ending something with a potential date because of something petty like his email language. What about you? Are there any digital dealbreakers you can't get past? Or have you worked through something similar with your significant other?
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