Technology is changing the way we find, create and continue our relationships. Online dating recently surpassed bars and clubs to become the third most popular place to meet a mate. Long-distance lovers can video chat face-to-face with little more than the click of a mouse. Newlyweds are more likely to share wedding photos on Facebook than to wait for friends to come over and view a physical album.
We had the chance to glean mobile dating advice from SpeedDate CEO and co-founder Dan Abelon. SpeedDate is a 10-million-user-strong dating site that host virtual speed dates between singles via IM, video chat or live audio. The site also offers iPhone and iPad applications, which means you could feasibly meet Mr. Right while you're killing time at the laundromat or waiting at the dentist's office. Abelon offered us the following tips for those dating on the go.
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