Technologies: The Digital Fishbowl and Love (Digital Learning Day)
There is no doubt that social media has complicated modern love and worse, modern romance. For one, tweeting, texting, and facebooking have all undermined the emotion and passion that often lies behind a verbal exchange, a laugh, or even just a look. It is extremely difficult to convey emotion and feeling through black, typewritten words on a pixel screen. What's worse is when statements get misunderstood because of the lack of sensation in the words. There is no body language or eye contact or brushing of hands. Hence, it is not difficult for people to assume a text has a flirtatious connotation (if they so desire) or a tweet has a bellicose nature. And with regards to these setbacks, relationships today (especially ones that rely on text-messaging and social networks) are at a high risk of being less intimate.
Moreover, this trend is likely decreasing our personal communicative skills. Sure, social networks may make it easier to connect with people, but they also make it easier to avoid direct contact. Younger generations today are increasingly becoming less likely to make a phone call or speak with an adult face-to-face. This in turn, has hurt relationships. People are afraid to actually interact with each other. So much for love.
What happened to romance? I don't mean sending a text with <3 all over it. I mean real romance, like John Cusak holding up a boom-box outside of his girlfriend's window in "Say Anything". If anything, I feel that media may act as an impetus for more relationships, but in the long-run, may hinder the depth of those relationships.