In last week’s "Opinion" section of the NY Times, author, Jonathan Franzen, discusses the hidden evils of technology and facebook, an ever-popular topic of conversation among social critics. He argues that both forces are turning American society into an increasingly superficial group of people who have forgotten the difference between liking people or things, and loving them. A few days after reading this article, I watched the most recent episode of The Bachelorette, and low and behold, the first half of it brought Franzen’s ideas to life.
Ah, GChat! Perfect for chatting with friends and making the work day fly by; bad for relationships. Despite the fact that it's a relatively recent innovation, it's amazing how much of an integral part of the workday GChat has become. Can you imagine going to work without it? But GChat has a nastier side which targets couples in new relationships: GChat fights, GChat veiled comments that need immediate analysis, GChat-related fatigue.
We rely on our first-date outfits to do many things: to seduce, create confidence, make a killer first impression. But we've never relied on a dress to make a phone call. It may sounds like an April Fools' joke, but the cell-phone dress is real. And shockingly, it's kind of sexy.
Harvard professor and author Edward L. Gleaser believes that e-mail and Facebook can actually improve our relationships and connecting via cyberspace actually increases the value of face-to-face interactions.
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Being a nerd has become a hot trend. With the popularity of Twitter, Facebook and The Social Network bringing home three Academy Awards, if widening your search for love now includes dating a nerd, I have good news for you. Match.com released a report with the Top 10 Nerdiest Cities to find a date. This list was based on their highest educated single members on their online dating site.
Well, Facebook, now you've done it. The latest study released by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) claims that Facebook actually causes divorce in one in five marriages. The reason? Hooking up with exes, flirting and the likes are all too easy on the social networking site. However, I would argue that many marriages that suffer an irreparable "Facebook incident" had issues long before the spouses starting sending out friend requests; Facebook is merely an easily accessible tool for a wandering heart.
This is a topic close to my heart, as I am married to a techie geek. I'm not insulting him - he would probably take it as a compliment, actually. And well he should. Were it not for my husband's tech prowess, I'd still be rolling paper into our old dot-matrix printer and trying to figure out the fax machine. He has succeeded in dragging his at-times technophobic wife into the 21st century, and truly, it needed to happen. This is a wave - a tsunami - that unless we get on top of, we will find ourselves drowned by.
All the hoopla about how the internet has changed dating is so 2001. These days, we're gushing over how smartphone apps are transforming the way we meet people, sext, break up and cheat. Thanks to mobile-based calendars, emails and location services, it's virtually impossible for smartphone owners to commit the usual first date hijinks, like getting lost or being unable to call for a rain check. Now, two practical new apps may make dating even easier by helping New Yorkers find free condoms in the city, and by ensuring that emergency contacts know that you made it through a first date without getting roofied or kidnapped.
On February 13, 2011, YourTango celebrated the very first annual Break Up With Your Ex Day, a day on which we urged people to let go of painful memories, insidious social media connections and dead weight relationship baggage in an attempt to move on in both love and life. We asked you to unfollow, untag, delete, block and erase. How did YourTango readers do?
Online social media has become a part of our everyday routine. Whether you’re on twitter, facebook, digg, tumblr, or whatever else, you have access too millions of people including people who are close to you in your own life. The most popular of these sites is facebook which will have 1 billion members before we know it. Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with friends, and keep tabs of your significant other.
A new poll by British company MyPhoneDeals.co.uk recently tracked customer phone use and to obtain some stats. They took numbers on pretty interesting questions, and we'll just say the answers were "interesting" as well, for lack of an all-encompassing word. One survey question asked users whether or not they had ever taken a phone call in the middle of sex. A ridiculous 25% of people admit to answering a call while doing the deed. Yes, that is one in four!
Have you ever wondered if Twitter could improve things at home? Or with your kids? With the addition of social networks in the past few years, it's amazing how easy it has become to stay "connected" to other people. Yet even with the connectedness these tools offer, many people are still more disconnected than ever. Especially at home. So could these tools be used to enhance marriage? Sure.
Today, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was named TIME "Person of the Year 2010." If the people at TIME were looking for a game-changer to receive this honor, they found the right man. Zuckerberg has undoubtedly altered the way more than half a billion people connect. He has changed our generation forever, and he definitely deserves the this distinction. However, we would also like to personally note Mark for yet another feat. He's managed to make our dating lives that much more complicated.
While some may long for the simpler days of sock hops and soda shoppe romance—we at YourTango wonder what the old days would have been like with modern technology thrown in the mix. Remember "Facebook Manners And You"? The love story continues... on Facebook, naturally. Many of you met Alice and Timmy, the stars of "Facebook Manners and You," our Webby Award-nominated video about Facebook relationship dos and don'ts, in Spring 2009. Now those crazy kids are back! This time they're documenting their relationship for the world to see with their "Electronic Picture Diaries." Using their MyPhones and OurTube, Alice and Timmy try to manage their old-fashioned love with modern technology. "Facebook Manners and You" was a viral hit and Alice and Timmy's electronic picture diaries are posed to do the same. Each week, starting November 15, a new Alice and Timmy video will be released on YourTango's Facebook fan page. You can view the trailer below and watch the first episode by visiting this link: Facebook.com/yourtango
As technology advances, so do the methods that people can cheat. Before the days of cell phones and picture messaging, people had to relay on actually seeing each other in order to get things done, but now with picture messaging and facebook people can communicate without even being in the same part of the world. What happens when you find that your partner has been sending inappropriate texts of pictures to someone else? Does this count as cheating since it can be assumed that if the person was nearby they would be seeing the real thing? Clearly they are thinking about cheating. I personally think that this should count as cheating, as there are many ways to go about it. Cheating constitutes more than just a physical affair, it can be an emotional affair as well and when you send pictures to supplement the emotions you
Every week, Traditional Love rounds up some of the best links to marriage and relationship news from around the web. This week, we're talking about the premier of Teen Mom and whether society is more likely to judge younger moms than older mom and can Skype really save a realtionship? It did for Kendra Wilkenson. And while we did run our own story on the show Sister Wives, we're obsessed with these non-traditional traditional relationships. Would you take on a second spouse if your faith required it?