It's Valentine's Day, and tech has taken over our relationships

CNET | 2/12/2019 | Ian Sherr
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This is part of CNET's It's Complicated series about the role technology plays in our relationships. It was originally published in 2017, but has been updated for 2019 with new statistics and information. In the past few years, however, little has changed in the world of online dating.

Time - Traveler

If you had to explain dating in 2019 to a time traveler from the 1950s, what would you say?

"I would explain texting first, and how it takes five minutes now for people to decide they want to hook up," says comedian Nikki Glaser. "I would tell women, 'Buckle up, ****, this is not going to be a fun ride.'"

Glaser - Study - Sites - Tinder - Culture

Glaser, 34, has made a professional study of dating sites like Tinder and the hookup culture that experts say has reshaped many people's sex lives. It provides lots of fodder for her comedy routine.

For past generations, relationship milestones meant things like "going steady." Today's relationships can strike up after a few minutes of text chats.

Everything - App - Phone - Relationship - Someone

And since nearly everything is done using an app on a phone, "you can have a relationship with someone and never hear their voice," Glaser says.

So this is dating in the modern age. Having fun yet?

Apps - Swipe - Way - Someone - Tinder

Dating apps are so commonplace now that swipe right, the way you show you like someone on Tinder, has become part of our everyday language. "Swipe right" now means "anytime you make a good choice or approve of something," according to Urban Dictionary.

The internet has been "transformational" to the way we have relationships, says Pepper Schwartz, a professor of sociology at the University of Washington who studies dating and is also one of the matchmaking experts on the reality TV show Married at First Sight. She's noticed, for example, the speed at which technological trends ripple through our culture, and how quickly people...
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