Relationships and dating have always gone together – hand in hand no matter what the generation. You meet, you date, you fall in love, and if you’re lucky or so inclined, you get married. And no matter what the dating style that is customary to each time period or geographical location, the goal is the same – to enjoy each other’s company and get to know each other as friends and companions.
Today, relationships and dating hold true to the ideals of yesteryear, but the way in which we go about dating has changed dramatically with the advent of the Internet. No longer is it even necessary to leave your house in order to meet someone interesting. People have used the computer in an ever-increasing capacity in order to meet new people and embark upon romantic relationships. What used to be done over a few select websites, has now turned into a multi-billion dollar industry that focuses on bringing people together through the use of online dating.
Online activity has changed the face of relationships and dating, allowing people to court through the computer without ever coming face-to-face until they are ready to do so. This may begin with a number of emails and escalate on to instant messaging through the computer. Some couples have been known to go months before ever having a face-to-face date. But by that time they almost seem to know each intimately – having communicated their histories, lifestyles, and personalities to each other through the use of the computer. Like any dating, some is successful and some is not. There are plenty of couples who have met online and have gone on to marry and have children – as well as plenty who have not.
In this day and age of busy schedules, harried work lives, and non-stop action, it is no wonder that the next phase of relationships and dating is taking place online – in the very place we do so many other activities during the course of the day. And chances are that as the Internet continues to evolve in this ever-changing society, it will take an even greater role in the beginning of many relationships to come.