6 Ways Technology Has Altered Your Love Life

by Kylie M. for YourTango

Behold, the wonders of the Internet — changing your love life one social network, dating site and app at a time. Communicating with partners is more instant than ever before — but possibly also more complicated.

According to our recent Dating In The Digital Age survey, 75% of you have experienced lovers’ quarrels caused by miscommunications through technology. Sound familiar?

Even how we share news about our love lives has been greatly altered from our new devices. Just signing onto Facebook, you can find out an acquaintance from middle school is engaged or your 15-year-old cousin is newly single.

Take a peek at just how technology has revolutionized your relationships, from how we meet people to how we tell the world we’re getting hitched.


1. Flirting

Then: You actually had to leave the house.

Going out

Now: A hot date is just a click away.

before and after tech


2. Hearing From Your Crush

Then: After a few months of waiting, you’d finally get a response from a deeply personal love letter you mailed him.

Oh goodie

Now: He’ll respond to your message a few seconds later, possibly via SnapChat.

before and after tech


3. Getting Ready For A First Date

Then: You’d freshen up in the bathroom in front of the mirror.

getting ready

Now: Selfies are new way to check yourself out — and so are the friends you send them to.

before and after tech


4. Talking To A Cute Guy

Then: You had to muster up the courage to make small talk … can you imagine?

I like you a lot

Now: You text him things like…



5. Realizing The Guy You’re Seeing Is Also Seeing Someone Else:

Then: “I’ll never find another man like that.”

sad in rain


Now: You realize you have 10 new matches on Tinder.

before and after tech


6. Letting The World Know You’re Engaged

Then: They’d read about it in the newspaper a few weeks after he proposes.


Now: Your ring’s on Instagram (with hundreds of comments) before you’ve even said “yes.”

before and after tech

This article originally appeared on YourTango.com as “6 Ways Technology Has Altered Your Love Life.”
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