How Technology Has Changed Relationships

From the very beginning of a relationship, until its ending, the way people relate to each other has changed. This includes interpersonal and professional relationships. For starters, more couples than ever before meet online and grow their relationships through the use of technology. A decade ago, there was no such thing as Instagram, and now this social media platform has become a lifestyle for many people, even dictating different aspects of their relationship so that it can be shared on social media. In both good and bad ways, technology has shaped the world as we know it. Whether using the camera on a Smartphone or a thermal camera, the world is obsessed with documenting relationships. 

How people meet online has changed over the years. During the early days of the internet when meeting someone online was less accepted than it is today, people met in chatrooms. There were also advertisements placed online and a handful of websites dedicated to connecting people with one another. These days, if you have a Smartphone, you have the world in the palm of your hands and you can connect with any kind of person with whom you wish to engage. If you have a hobby and want to meet someone who shares your interest, there’s an app for that. If you are traveling to a specific location and want to meet someone in that region, there’s an app for that. 

While it doesn’t necessarily speak to the quality of the relationship, there are ways to locate the kind of person you’re looking for online. While there is the issue of catfishing, when people are not who they claim to be, there are certainly a lot of couples that met online and experience a fulfilling relationship. There are also issues concerning safety when dating online, but the same can be said of meeting someone at a location in the real world – it’s always important to follow the safety tips often recommended when meeting someone for the first time. It some ways, it’s common sense. 

Technology has not only changed the way we develop love relationships, it has also changed the way in which we communicate with friends and family members. Although many platforms were designed to connect us and bring us closer together, there have been studies indicating that technology has separated us to a large degree. We are connected, but on a very superficial level. For instance, instead of students calling their parents or grandparents from college, they are far more likely to send a text message, which is less satisfying because it can feel somewhat impersonal to the recipient, especially if they are not accustomed to texting. On the other hand, text messaging has provided a quick way to communicate, which can sometimes increase the amount of contact that young people have with their loved ones. 

If you’ve been to a restaurant and glanced around the room, you have probably noticed that many people are looking down at their phones instead of communicating with the person who is directly in front of them. It’s just another example of how technology has impacted the way that we relate to each other. This is a phenomenon that doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon – unfortunately.

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