In an age of accessibility where anything can be found online, and by “anything” I mean literally anything (hello, dark web!), has technology ruined love? Especially when someone compatible with you is just a click away?
It’s safe to say that the fast paced element of our society began with the industrial revolution, which in turn, created several other forms of technology to ‘get the job done’ faster. I mean think about it, we use email because it is quicker than Canada Post, right? So surely, online dating is quicker than meeting someone organically. People have been reduced to a thumbnail image with a short bio summarizing our qualifications and intents. Finding “the one” has been simplified, and online dating has piled all our potential matches into a rolodex of individuals whom we swipe left, right or ignore.
While I partially agree that yes, technology has ruined love, I think it’s also accurate to say that technology has helped reveal our true selves. We, and millennials, in particular, are – dare I say it – a bunch of superficial humans who don’t really value each other on a deeper level. We live in a world of narcissism, where social apps like Instagram have inflated our heads, correlating “likes” and “views” with conceptions of beauty and worth.
In today’s dating culture, everything is at our disposal and we are always on the hunt for something better. Anyone can be replaced in a minute (matter fact he’ll be here in a minute #ToTheLeft). The internet has enabled many of us to walk around with a false sense of security. If something miniscule happens, instead of “trying to make things work” like older generations, we’re left with the idea that we can likely find someone more attractive, with a better career, that appreciates us more. Dating in 2017 is like a buffet. But is that a bad thing?
When it comes to finding “the one”, we’ve got options. One could argue that technology and dating apps act as a vehicle for temptation. But what we really need to ask ourselves is if true loyalty has ever really existed at all? The simple answer is no. Men and women have been cheating on their spouses centuries before “sliding” into someone’s DM was a thing. Technology didn’t ruin love, it exposed our desire for attention, nurturing it with a bevy of options.
Do you think technology has ruined love? Or has it just given us more options? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet us at@ViewtheVibe.