How TIME "Person Of The Year" Mark Zuckerberg Changed Dating

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Through Facebook, TIME Person of The Year Mark Zuckerberg has altered the dating game forever.

Web technology has also changed the concept of courtship, which can be a little disheartening. It feels almost too easy to win someone's affection these days, and that is not a good thing. Personally, we like to hear someone actually asking us out with words as opposed to a string of confusing texts, don't you? Online Dating: 7 Signs You Shouldn't Date Him

Spira cautions against making dates via Facebook or text messaging. "Don't ask them out and confirm plans only in a text," she says. "There still needs to be an element of old-fashioned courtship combined with today's technology in the modern digital world."

Ah, Mr. Zuckerberg. Genius? Perhaps, though he certainly has made the dating game more confusing. But hey, we will give credit where credit is due. When used correctly, his technology expansion has opened up a few ways for us to date more effectively, and share a little amusement along the way.

"Running late for a date? Send a text and let them know," Spira says. "Flirting on Facebook and Twitter can be fun and provides an instant way to connect, but remember to take your relationship from online to offline as soon as possible." Is Cyber Cheating Really Cheating?

So, we do have a few things to thank Mark for.

He might be TIME's "Person of the Year," he might have created a multi-billion dollar company in less than a decade, and he might have connected 500 million people. All that is well and good, but Zuckerberg has also changed the way we date.

Now, that's what we call noteworthy.

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