Dating in the 21st Century Whatever your relationship status; whether happily in a relationship, happily dating or happily single, our obsession with technology has inevitably changed the pattern of dating in the 21st century and produced a new format for modern day romance.
Nowadays, it is paradoxical to play ‘hard-to-get’ since we’re constantly connected and our entire stream of self-consciousness is displayed for all to see online.
More choices, more relationships, and more socializing open up new kinds of opportunities that wouldn’t have existed without dating apps and websites.
A 2012 study found that the Internet has allowed users to find partners more easily, especially homosexuals and middle-aged people who operate in a “thin market.”The big question is whether marriages that originate online work out in the long run. Some studies suggest that American marriages that begin online are slightly less prone to collapse than those who met offline. Nonetheless, there’s an inherent problem with how these online relationships begin—at least, from a Nietzschean perspective.
Nietzsche also said that instinctive judgments are misleading because they “pronounce their Yes and No before the understanding can speak.” Furthermore, to act impulsively is decadent and hedonistic, and these are “signposts to nihilism.”So does the rise of online dating in our culture signal an embrace of self-indulgence?
And does it come at the expense of long-term relationships?
Better still, you didn’t even have a phone, you had love letters.
Then the Internet came along and completely revolutionized the way we see the world, creating new possibilities; from ways to interact with our friends and staying in contact with our families, to meeting new people and forming new relationships.
In the days before the Internet became weaved into the fabric of our everyday lives, finding a date was more of a natural process.
But what might someone from the 19th century think about this unique fusion of technology and romance?
In the late 1800s, German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche had a lot to say about love.
When Online Dating was introduced as a concept it changed the landscape of the dating scene completely.
People were no longer leaving love down to serendipitous encounters, but instead, they were actively going out there looking for it.
An internet relationship is a relationship between people who have met online, and in many cases know each other only via the Internet.