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Does Technology Make Dating Easier or Harder?

I've written about a lot of technology and dating topics lately in my Tech Dating 101 series, from my frustrations about emoticon overuse to dealing with his mom over email. With technology and new forms of communication creating new sets of dating rules, technology is making dating harder. . .right? Except now I'm not so sure. Let me explain.

My guy and I are separated for the holidays this year; he's with his family and I'm with mine, 3,000 miles apart. It's the longest we've gone without seeing each other, and we still have a week to go! In this situation, I am so thankful for all the technology in our lives! We video chat every few days, and are constantly snapping photos on the go to email to each other — mine of a foot of snow and his of palm trees. It's actually kind of great! And looking back on the dating topics I've covered, there's been good (the ability to save cute messages, using tech to limit your accessibility) and the bad (dealing with e-stalkers, decoding his cryptic IMs). I can come up with a pretty solid argument for either side, but what do you think?

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