The Rules of Romance 2.0

May 19, 2008 07:15 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Are modern tools like cell phones, e-mail, instant messaging and social networking aiding modern daters or making their lives more complicated?

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The Colorado Springs Gazette chronicles the confusing new territory that modern conveniences such as text messaging, instant messaging and MySpace have brought upon the dating scene, as singles try to decipher the meaning behind electronic messages.

“It has changed the dating scene because now you can basically know what the other person is doing at all times,” Angie Murphy, 25, told the newspaper. “If a guy doesn’t respond to my Gchat or text, even though I know they are online or I know that they got my text, then it just makes me frustrated and question what is going on.”

Social networking tools such as the Web site Facebook and MySpace are changing the way that users form and negotiate their romantic unions by publicizing relationship status, reports CNN. 

“You got a Facebook and [your relationship] is not on there, then it’s not official,” said Chris Neal, 20, a student at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Some decry modern technology for the toll that it has taken on the quality of relationships, romantic or otherwise.

A study in the UK recently found that the Internet has been a huge contributing factor in an “infidelity epidemic” among middle-class professionals.

Others, however, say that the cell phone or computer can’t be blamed. Technology has always had an effect on human interactions, says Michael Reay, a professor at Colorado College in the Gazette.

"But the effect it has will always depend on the values and norms," Reay says.

Headline Link: ‘Love in the Time of Technology’

Related Topics: Infidelity, Web Espionage, Facebook and ‘Mobile Romance’

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