The world has drastically changed since the beginning of online dating and other social network sites. With the growing number of people getting connected in the network, the way older generations used to communicate with each other is slowly diminishing. Today’s social networking sites have altered the way we communicate with each other, changed the ways that we evaluate one another, and the way we express ourselves. Due to the vast amount of information that can be found on the internet, a person can know about another’s past, current social circle, and interests in a matter of minutes. This has completely changed the way our generation was taught to interact with each other. For so many people now-a-days it has also become part of their social identity. Characteristics and pictures may be exaggerated slightly or completely fabricated, with the intention of enhancing one’s identity for outside observers. As more innovations in the cyber social network are developed, today’s post-modern culture society is heading toward an hyper reality. According to “Statistic Brain” a US statistics website, there are currently 50 million people single in the United States. 40 Million People have tried online dating.¹ The way we meet and interact with one another isn’t the same as was 30 years ago. Our generation was taught different on the subject of dating and “Getting to know” someone. What used to be the only way of building a relationship or dating is now changed with the amount of information that is on the internet. We have seen that in films, a man meets a woman, they have face-to-face interactions, they talk about themselves and who they are and what they want to become.
1. Statistic Brain “Online Dating Statistics”, online http://www.statisticbrain.com/online-dating-statistics (6/20/2012)
Relationships started with getting to know someone unknown, communicating with
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