date verb (MEET)
Above is the technical definition of dating. You will notice it says "regularly spend time with"
I have an announcement. You may have already heard it or experienced it yourself, if not let me be the first one to tell you: Dating is dead.
That's right. You heard me correctly. That age old tradition of making arrangements to meet with the person whom you have or hope to have a romantic relationship with has been massacred. Killed. Thrown in the shredder. Run over by a cement truck.
The culprit? Social media and texting.
Dating used to mean meeting someone and getting to know them via phone call, or gasp, in person. You used to "Meet up" with people and spend hours talking to them face to face and seeing if you got a vibe from them. You would call each other on the phone to find out how the other was and if per chance there were plans to arrange another meeting. You had no idea what they were doing if you were not with them. You had to drive to their house, work or pre-arranged destination. There was an allure, mystery, tingly excitement of what was to come.
Then technology happened. Texting. Facebook. 20 different dating sites. All of a sudden the floodgates opened, there was more variety, more opportunity. You could "meet" people you would have never run into on a normal day. Instead of waiting for fate or that chance meeting, your destiny could be uploaded, downloaded, poked, sexted, tagged, liked, and you never had to actually meet them. With so many options why narrow it down to one person when you could chat with 10 simultaneously
We started falling for pictures and words and forced moments put there to make us all look like fun, cool people. Only our best sides are shown. We morphed and cropped and filtered ourselves into this desirable mate for someone to look at and "chat" with. We joke and text and flirt and say witty things that may never come out of our mouths if we were face to face with another person.
Here's the issue; for the most part, instead of meeting someone organically, we have met online. We have been set up and have "chatted" beforehand. Not on the phone but on FB messaging, via text message, some mode of communication where we didn't hear each others voices, make real conversation.
Then you meet the person face to face. You have constructed the whole relationship based on snippets of information they have carefully crafted, only letting you see the perfect, constructed parts and not the real parts. They aren't exactly what you had in mind so bam...end the date and go back to the dating site and find the next perfect sounding person. In this instant gratification society, we don't want to get to know anyone. If you don't do it for me in the first hour, I'm going to disappear into thin air and never be heard from again. It's called Ghosting and it happens more than you can imagine. You only talked to that person in cyberspace. All they know about you is what you told them and you can disappear like that. Back to the drawing board. There's five other women who have shown interest so why not go on to the next one.
OK Men, before you get all huffy puffy thinking you are getting singled out, just look at the FB page of any newly single dad. Once a man goes "back on the market" you can practically see the vultures circling with their perfectly manicured red nails. Seriously, take a look at all the likes and comments and "hey cutie" comments they get when they post a selfie. Put up a picture of him and his kids??? Every single woman with a pulse is jumping all over that trying to say the cutest, cleverest thing. I once dated a guy who had three girls. It became a joke between us. I used to text him and say "I see your fan club just had a meeting" We would laugh but deep down I felt a bit insecure. To me it's the technological equivalent of women throwing their panties at a man.
Technology has made us crazy. Those of us who just want to be in a relationship have become paranoid. Wondering why some chick is constantly commenting on our mans posts, does she like him? Does he like her? Is she texting him or messaging him? We don't want to become that girl who sneaks a look at her mans phone. We don't want to think some other woman is moving in on our territory. And we certainly don't want to ask because then we look like the crazy, jealous type.
I want to meet a guy without a smartphone. No FB. Maybe an InstaGram that he posts pictures of his dog, and sunsets and food. It would certainly make dating easier and give me peace of mind.