Relationships and the internet.
Wired had an interesting article recently titled “The Kinsey of Clicking.” I found the various insights on how the internet affects modern relationships to be interesting. But more than that, it prompted me thinking about this topic.
At least two of my friends (Steve and Chris) met their sweethearts via Match.com. While my own dabblings haven’t been quite so fruitful, I did have some positive experiences and certainly gained a new appreciation for the medium (especially as someone who transplanted his life a few thousands miles last year).
Beyond that, the effect of IM on people my age is undeniable (even though I still consider it to be wholly impersonal). And now MySpace has taken the phenomenon started by LiveJournal to a whole new level.
It all makes me wonder just how much modern technology has influenced (both good and bad) my dating life, and whether there are some traps I should be learning to avoid. One I’ve always tried to watch out for is having IM become the primary (or exclusive) means of communication with someone I’m dating. Recent experience only reinforces that concern.