Has Technology Changed Love?

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and while everyone else is focusing on conversation hearts and giant stuffed animals, we techies can’t help but ask ourselves: What impact has technology had on love? Has it changed the way we fall in love? What about the way we stay in love?

So how, if at all, has technology changed love?

As we sought the answer to this question, here were a few of our favorite finds!

The iPhone was a catalyst for personal technology.

Technology has changed the way we love and form friendships forever, and the debut of the iPhone in 2007 was a catalyst for a more personal relationship with technology. Or rather, as one writer puts it, it was the moment personal technology went mainstream. Read more about how the iPhone has revolutionized our love lives here.

More than ever, daters are turning to apps.

From Tinder to Bumble to everything in between, the world of online dating has changed so much since Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks starred in You’ve Got Mail. Instead of emailing one another with catchy screennames, online daters are downloading apps, creating witty profiles and swiping to find their better halves. And it’s working.

According to TechCrunch, here were a few of last year’s most successful dating apps.

Maybe technology hasn’t changed love; it’s just slowed it down.

In this TEDTalk, Helen Fisher asserts her belief that technology hasn’t changed love, or not in the way we might think. She goes on to say that technology isn’t changing how we love or who we choose to love (at least not entirely), but that it has presented one major paradox: the paradox of choice. She believes that technology has presented individuals with so many alternatives that they face ‘cognitive overload,’ which has resulted in slower courtships (which, according to Fisher, is not necessarily a bad thing).

How do you think technology has changed or impacted love? Let us know on Twitter @LogicalAdv. Happy [early] Valentine’s Day!



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