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Social Media and Modern Dating

Published 08/09/2022 by Joanne Jones

Social Media and Modern Dating

Social media has had a high impact on the world of dating. In the past, people typically met their romantic partners through friends or work. However, with the advent of social media, dating has become more efficient and convenient through dating apps. Now, people can connect with potential partners from all over the world with just a few clicks. Social media has also made the dating process easier to screen potential partners before getting into a romantic relationship. For example, many people now use online dating sites and apps to get to know someone before letting them into their sexual life. As a result, online dating apps have become more efficient and convenient. However, some argue that social media has made dating harder because it provides too much choice. Many potential partners are available at the click of a button, and it can be challenging to decide who to pursue. Ultimately, social media has positively and negatively impacted modern dating.

10 Ways Social Media Has Changed Modern Dating

It's no big secret social media has changed the way we communicate and interact with each other. Did you know it has also significantly impacted modern dating? Here are 10 ways social media has changed the dating game:

  1. You can now skip the awkward introductions and go straight to flirting. Social media profiles allow you to be able to connect with potential dates before meeting them. Whether sending a flirty message on Facebook or sliding into someone's DMs on Instagram, there's no need to be nervous about approaching someone anymore.
  2. You can scope out potential dates before you even meet them. Thanks to social media, you can do your research before you ever go on a date. So if you're wondering if that cute guy from your chemistry class is worth your time, check out his Instagram feed.
  3. You can play hard to get without being rude and in the past, playing hard to get meant ignoring someone's phone calls or not returning their texts promptly. But now, with social media, you can ignore someone's messages, and they'll get the hint that you're not interested. No need to be mean or anything!
  4. You can ghost someone without being a jerk. In the past, if you wanted to break things off with someone, you had to have The Talk with them. But in the present, you can stop responding to their message on social media, and they'll get the hint that you're not interested. No need for any awkward conversations!
  5. You can keep your dating life private or not. In the past, your dating life was primarily personal unless you decided to share details with your friends or family. Thanks to social media, you can choose how public or private you want your online life to be. If you want to share every detail of your relationship with the world, you can post photos and status updates on Facebook or Twitter. Or, if you prefer to keep things more low-key, you can limit your posts to close friends only. It's up to you!
  6. You can meet potential dates from all over the world before you think about entering into a real relationship. In the past, finding potential dates were limited to people within your vicinity. But thanks to social media and online dating websites like Tinder and Ok Cupid, you can now meet potential dates from all over the world – whether they're just a few states away or on the other side of the world! It only takes a few swipes of your finger, which makes meeting people in real life seem like a relic of the past!
  7. You can get over breakups faster (or at least it will appear that way). Breakups are never fun – but because of online dating services, they don't have to be as painful as they used to be. That's because nowadays, you don't have to completely disappear from your ex's life when a relationship ends. You can still stay friends with them on Facebook or Instagram.
  8. Social media has made cheating more effortless than ever and easier to catch. In years past, if you wanted to cheat on your partner, you would have to put in some rather significant effort to avoid detection. But nowadays, thanks to social media and online cheating sites like Ashley Madison, it's easier to search for and find a willing partner in crime – without your current partner ever knowing.
  9. You no longer need to plan for date night because you can easily double date from the comfort of your home! The days when you had to plan and make reservations for the perfect date night out are gone. Everything is online at the click of a finger.

Social Media Dating - The Negative Impact on Relationships.

Social media has countless benefits, but it can also hurt relationships. When people constantly connect to their devices, they often engage in what is known as "ambient awareness." meaning they are aware of what is going on with their friends and followers even when they are not actively using social media. As a result, people can become obsessed with checking for likes, comments, and messages, leading to envy, inadequacy, and insecurity. In addition, social media dating can create unrealistic expectations. People who only see the best versions of their friends and potential mates online can develop an unrealistic view of what relationships should be. These expectations can often lead to disappointment and disillusionment. Thus, while social media can be a great way to connect with others, it can also harm relationships.

11 Modern Dating Tips

In the age of Tinder and Bumble, it can be easy to forget that there was a time when people went on dates. For you single people who have stepped out of the dating culture for a while, here are 11 modern dating tips for safe dating to help you get back in the saddle.

  1. First and foremost, remember that dating is supposed to be fun! Approach each date with a positive attitude and an open mind.
  2. Don't be afraid to be assertive. If you know what you want, don't hesitate to go after it.
  3. Be honest with yourself and with your date. There's no point starting something if you are not looking for the same thing.
  4. Be respectful of your date's time and attention. Nobody likes being led on or ghosted, so don't do it to someone else.
  5. Make sure you're on the same page about expectations early on. Casual fling or a long-term relationship?
  6. Don't take things too seriously. Yes, relationships can be serious business, but remember to enjoy yourself.
  7. Keep your options open. Again, there's no point in getting too invested in one person if you're unsure where things are going.
  8. Don't play games. If you are interested in someone, tell them! Don't string them along just for fun.
  9. Don't be afraid to be vulnerable. Sharing your feelings can make the connection between you and your date stronger.
  10. Be yourself! Perhaps the most important tip of all. You'll never find lasting happiness if you pretend to be someone you're not.
  11. Finally, don't forget to listen to your gut instinct. If something feels off, it probably is. Trust your intuition and act accordingly.

How Not to Get Caught by Catfishing?

Catfishing is a term used for when someone lures another person into a relationship by using a false identity online. You might do this for various reasons, such as to scam people out of money or to make them feel better about themselves. Still, there are a couple of steps you can do to avoid catfishing. First, be wary of anyone who contacts you out of the blue and seems too good to be true. If they decline a video chat or meet in person, that is another red flag. Also, do a reverse image search of their profile picture to see if it comes up anywhere else on the internet. If it does, that may mean they are using a fake identity. Finally, trust your gut; if something feels off, it probably is. Following these tips, you will be doing safe dating as best to help protect yourself from becoming a victim of catfishing.

20 Modern Dating Terms You Need to Know

These days, the dating world can be confusing and a little bit daunting. It's hard to keep track of so many new terms and phrases. Here are 20 of the most popular dating terms you should know:

  1. Breadcrumbing: When someone leads you by sending mixed signals, usually via text or social media.
  2. Catfishing: When someone pretends to be someone online, often using fake photos and information to lure people into a relationship.
  3. Cuffing season: The period during winter when people are more likely to want to find a partner and settle down for the colder months.
  4. DTR: "Define the relationship" – having a conversation with your partner about where the relationship is going.
  5. FOMO: "Fear of missing out" – feeling anxious that you might miss out on something good (e.g. a party, event, or opportunity) if you don't attend or participate.
  6. Ghosting: When someone suddenly cuts off all contact with you without any explanation – they disappear into thin air like a ghost.
  7. Haunting: When an ex-partner continues to contact you or appear in your social media feeds after the relationship has ended – like a ghost from your past that won't go away.
  8. Benching: When someone keeps you as an option while they pursue other people or opportunities – like keeping someone on the bench in reserve while they play the field.
  9. Mooning: The act of sending unsolicited intimate photos of oneself (usually genitals) to another person – named after the "moonshots" often seen in pornographic magazines, known as "dick pics" or "sexting".
  10. Netflix and chill: Pretending to watch Netflix together when you are hoping for sex –originally popularized by Black Twitter users in 2014. Now often used ironically by people who are just trying to watch Netflix (without ulterior motives).
  11. Orcbing: When someone only contacts you after 11 pm – named after the fantasy creature known for its nocturnal habits. Known as "late night texting" or "booty call".
  12. Ribboning: When two people send each other long strings of messages throughout the day instead of having a normal conversation. It can also include emojis, GIFs, and images.
  13. Roaching: The revelation that your partner has been seeing other people, usually found through social media posts or text messages. This term is from cockroaches which are notoriously difficult to get rid of once they have infested a site.
  14. Scrooging: Dating someone only interested in receiving gifts and not giving anything in return, named after Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, famous for his miserable behaviour.
  15. Spooning: When two people sleep together in a spooning position with one person lying behind the other. This term is from spoons which are curved utensils designed for scooping food.
  16. Submarining: Someone suddenly cuts off all contact with you without any explanation and then resurfaces later as if nothing has happened. This term is from submarines that can remain submerged under water for a long time before resurfacing.
  17. Zombie-ing: When an ex-partner reappears after disappearing for a long time without any explanation. This term is from zombies, undead creatures that rise up unexpectedly from graveyards.
  18. NSA: No strings attached. Just sexual fun. No ties.
  19. FBW: Friends with benefits. A situation where two friends enjoy sexual benefits.
  20. Cushioning: A person has multiple backups if their current relationship doesn't work out.

Are Psychics Relevant When Seeking a Life Partner Anymore?

Trusted psychics have been reading people's fortunes for centuries, and their skills are RELEVANT in the modern dating world. Trusted psychics can help you understand and make sense of the barrage of social media and texting during the courting process. They can read between the lines of your current relationship status to help interpret what your date is saying, and they can offer guidance about whether or not a relationship is worth Pursuing. In a world where it's sometimes hard to tell what's real, a psychic can be a valuable asset in helping you navigate the modern dating landscape.

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