This article focuses on how technology has changed dating. Mine met on a double blind date in which my mother and father had mutual friends who introduced them.
With the invention of social media it is difficult to imagine anyone going on a blind date again—why would they need to?
However, with the power and sense of security that technology grants us, the ability to be truly connected to other human beings is becoming more difficult and scarce.
Enter the paradox that we live in as entitled, technologically powerful, and fearless abusers of the ease of access to conversing with other humans.
We not only have a wealth of information on pretty much everyone only a click away but how and where we meet future partners is changing.
Before the influx of online dating, meeting partners was pretty much resigned to work, through friends or out on a Saturday night.
I started to wonder how that might affect how people approach their relationship lives.
Naturally, the amount of time spent staring at screens throughout the day, has led to meeting a potential mate online intriguing and likely.
Or, on the contrary, is it really making dating more efficient by streamlining our needs and desires to find the perfect match?
One of the biggest sociological issue raised by online dating is our gender role ideology.
Instead of online dating being an equalizer, it’s making our gendered behaviors more pronounced than ever.
In the article “Gender Differences and Communication Technology Use Among Emerging Adults in the Initiation of Dating Relationships” by Rapplyea, Fang and Taylor, “The difference in males seeking web-based dating services speaks to the idea that males are more likely to announce their availability online for the purpose of pursuing a romantic relationship.” (Rapplyea, Taylor & Fang, 2014).