Technology has impacted so many different aspects of modern life, and nowhere is this more apparent in the ways we can communicate. The digital age has revolutionized our social lives, with an estimated 40% of the world's population regularly taking advantage of social media.
If you're single and have been used to following the traditional routes for connecting with potential partners – bars, nightclubs, introductions by mutual friends and so on – have you ever considered how a dating site could transform your fortunes? Here's what you need to know about the impact of the digital age on dating.
Finding partners based on compatibility
One of the most obvious benefits of dating in the digital age is the way people can be matched with those most suitable. Singles would once approach each other in clubs or bars, grilling each other with questions designed to tease out information about their backgrounds.
Now they can go online and find out all they need to know about any prospective partner via online chat or simply by reading through their profiles. This allows singles to whittle down the possibilities of potential partners long before even reaching out to any of them.
You have almost unlimited choice
In the digital age, Internet dating has positively blossomed. There are any number of websites out there dedicated to a diverse range of tastes. As well as having an incredible scope of sites to sign up to, depending on your particular dating interests, joining will instantly give you access to a diverse cross-section of like-minded individuals.
The technology is also geared towards simplicity, with many sites adopting basic methods for you to sift through prospective candidates for romance simply by swiping left or right to indicate interest, or disinterest.
Different approaches to what women and men want
In the digital age, exactly what men and women are looking for in a partner has evolved. Males are still likely to be driven by physical appearance more than anything else. Long before they begin to assess the compatibility of any woman according to the hobbies and interests outlined in her profile, they will study physical attributes.
Whether consciously or subconsciously, men are often attracted to those females who would make the most suitable partners for reproduction. This means that they are instinctively drawn to curvaceous figures. Women are more likely to be fixated on the background details. They will be drawn to attractive profile photos, but they will also be keen to check out things like career prospects, and to what extent any person will be able to provide them with a secure environment.
A whole new language has evolved
In the digital age communication is far more instant than it has ever been at any time in human history. This has resulted in new languages developing, or at least exciting new variations of existing ones.
Where people are sending direct messages as quickly as possible, they can utilize a whole raft of shorthand expressions. To the uninitiated, this can represent a dizzying array of new words or slang to be deciphered. But half the fun of embracing matchmaking in the digital age is becoming familiar with these expressions.
Widespread digital possibilities
The digital age has presented so much in terms of potential technologies that going online to look for a date has never been more exciting, or streamlined. As well as choosing dating websites, people can reach out to potential partners using a whole network of social media platforms. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and so many other possibilities now offer direct messaging and opportunities to flirt.