WHAT IS DIGITAL LOVE: A BRIEF REFLECTION
Love is a universal subject. We celebrated the traditional Valentine’s day only a week ago. However, our rituals and celebrations are becoming less and less traditional.
As our social relationships are becoming more tech-oriented, so is romantic love. The main question is: does this affect the way we love and establish relationships or is it just a trend? Let’s try to find some answers.
THE GOOD AND THE BAD OF DIGITAL LOVE
On the one hand, the matching apps and platforms have opened a new world of possibilities and have expanded our views, by letting us get in touch with different (even distant) potential partners.
On the other hand, we must consider the latent risks in this new model, like the relationships becoming monitored by tech means, a feeling of mind-body disconnection, or micro-cheating.
Establishing boundaries, being honest or even taking a break from social media might be advisable to keep our relationships strong and healthy.
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THE UPCOMING OF THE DIGITAL LOVE INDUSTRY
Finding love through Social Media platforms might be a difficult task, as this is not their main purpose. However, if we are very active, we may come across some opportunities.
The main consideration before establishing any connection is to rely on common sense: in short, it’s essential to get to know the subject behind the avatar by meeting in person (always taking in account safety measures), asking the right questions and trusting our gut.
ONLINE DATING VIA APPS
As for the apps and dating sites, they have been around for a while, becoming the new normal. These are some of the most attractive and popular:
- Tinder (iOS, Android, Web): the most popular dating app.
- eHarmony (iOS, Android, Web): it uses matching algorithms and behavioural data to find the right match.
- OKCupid (iOS, Android): international online dating, friendship and networking.
- Match iOS, Android): online dating service available in 25 countries.
- Grindr (iOS, Android): social networking app for gay, bi, trans, and queer people.
- Plenty of Fish (iOS, Android, Web): online dating service available in nine languages.
- Bumble (iOS, Android, Web): women take the first step.
- Happn (iOS, Android, Windows): find potential partners in the group of people you have crossed paths with.
- Quiz Data Live (iOS): an original approach, suitors compete by taking part in a question and answer live streaming session followed by several quizzes.
- Hater (iOS, Android): meet someone who hates the same stuff.
VIRTUAL REALITY AND LOVE
Certainly, Virtual Reality is changing our perception of relationships, as it opens a new world of possibilities and emotional experiences. Surprisingly, it’s possible to fall in love via virtual worlds; there are some challenges, tough, like the lack of physical contact and potential disappointments in real life.
The high-tech app uses precise force sensors under the silicone lips to make this as close to a real kiss as you can get without being in the same room. pic.twitter.com/inshPPV2a3
— INTSMUT (@INTSMUT) 31 de enero de 2019
DIGITAL LOVE IN POPULAR CULTURE
As our technology evolves, the way we humans interact is becoming more complex and sophisticated. This has been reflected in our popular culture: music, movies, shows and video games have shown and expressed the marriage between feelings and technology in a very creative way.