Social media makes getting a date (and breaking up with a partner) as simple as the click of a mouse.This can have a number of positive and negative side effects.If you’ve been away from the dating scene for long, you may be surprised to find how much has changed.A nervous phone call has been replaced with an impersonal note or text; a private break-up has become a public spectacle.
Distance, a busy schedule and lack of access to potential partners are no longer barriers to dating.
Today, nearly half of the public knows someone who uses online dating or who has met a spouse or partner via online dating – and attitudes toward online dating have grown progressively more positive.
To be sure, many people remain puzzled that someone would want to find a romantic partner online – 23% of Americans agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate” – but in general it is much more culturally acceptable than it was a decade ago.
What if you’ve been in a committed, long-term relationship with someone and you suddenly see that they changed their status to single? If you’re not meticulous about deleting records, social networking sites like Facebook make available all of the posts on your page since you first created your profile.
This means people can look back at your history and see the start – and potentially embarrassing end – of past relationships. Online we can choose to present ourselves not as who we are but as who we want to be.