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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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wolfdan wolfdan 7 years
If you are in a long-distance relationship, technology like Skype and webcam-enabled Google chat really helps. But for other relationships? I'm more of an old-fashioned kind of guy, which is probably why I am using a matchmaker as opposed to the dating sites out there. Don't get me wrong: I'm no Luddite, but I prefer the personal touch of my matchmaker (Richard Easton for full disclosure) over sending messages into the online void.
LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 7 years
I think it depends a lot on the basis of the relationship, if technology is simply a way to keep in touch with someone who is farther away but you have been together mostly in person it is one thing, but the waters get murky when it's a primary way of communicating. It's very easy to be more open, or trusitig virtually, or even run out of things to talk about then when you get together in person there's a level of awkwardness. for me, throwing tech in the mix (emails, IM's, Texts) just gives me way more to overanalyze like I do so well and I can't stand it!
cherrypie61 cherrypie61 7 years
@poizwnisxkandu: What's that movie you're talking about? I'm curious now!
cherrypie61 cherrypie61 7 years
I'd say it's easier too once you have a relationship 'cos there's many ways to stay in touch. My bf and I are always chatting or playin texas hold'em poker together at the same table and it feels good to see his picture online sending me gifts :)
poizenisxkandee poizenisxkandee 7 years
i vote easier only because bf and i are long distance; but in general with singles and dating it might make it harder as we saw in that cheesy movie where drew berrymores character got rejected in 7 different ways.
Akasha Akasha 7 years
I don't know, while I have to agree when you are apart the technology does make things easier to stay in touch, but in the meeting and new dating scenario it makes things much more complicated.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 7 years
no effing way! I'm in the exact same situation! My bf is out of the country, and it's the longest i've EVER gone without him. And I still have 2 weeks to go without him (1 week down)! It's been so hard for us as well. If it weren't for texts and phone calls, I don't do what I would do. So needless to say, I'm gonna go with easier.
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