The cupid of our generation BY Jake Baker

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When was the last time you heard someone talk about the fairy tale-esque way they met their new partner? Something that could seem straight out of a romance movie.

Or even just having met someone in person? It’s become very rare, and why? The culprit: social networking. Even non-dating sites such as Facebook have become cupid.

People get talking on the internet and next thing you know, start dating. It’s great that people are being brought together but is there something basic and human missing when forming these attachments through a screen? There is a lack of intimacy from communication that is based through technology, so many pivotal and memorable moments of any relationship are missed, such as seeing the other’s reaction when they agree to start dating. They can say they are over the moon, crying and jumping for joy when in reality they are sitting on the couch in their pajamas, blank faced. There is also the issue of how well these people know each other.

Long gone are the days of going on dates and getting to know someone before making it official. Sites such as Tinder cause people to ironically  begin “seeing” each other before even meeting. There is no guarantee these people are who they say they are, and Tinder in particular is shallow, swiping yes or no to whether you want to talk to someone based purely on their photos until you get a match. There is also a danger to this: it’s not difficult for someone to create a persona on the internet and nab some photos that could pass as them.

If insistent on meeting up with anyone met over the net, some basic precautions should be taken such as  meeting in a public place, not going alone and most of all, making sure at least someone knows where you are going and what you are doing.

Lets just keep our fingers crossed that this is a trend and not becoming a way of life.

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