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Did Technology Kill Traditional Dating?
Today’s the day, in case you didn’t notice. But we’re sure your Instagram is flooded with perfectly-filtered flower and teddy bear photos, your Twitter feed’s filled with sickeningly sweet hashtags, and love statuses abound on Facebook.
Yet this Valentine’s Day may not be as traditionally romantic, one study says, as social networks and online dating take the place of time-honored courtship.
When did revealing the intimacies of your relationship (or lack thereof) online become the norm? How many unfamiliar acquaintances flirtatiously Facebook poke you before even starting a conversation? Technology both helps and hinders the romantic process. It may be lack of time, a call for constant connection, or just plain laziness that draws people to online dating but, without a doubt, it’s shaking things up.
International online dating service AnastasiaDate conducted a survey revealing one in four men won’t get off the couch to find love. The majority of men ages 35 to 55 have dated online and, of those, 65% successfully met a special someone.
The allure of the Internet, aside from speed and efficiency, also seems to be the veil of courage it provides for would-be suitors.
One quarter of men in the study say they’re too nervous to speak to a woman they find attractive, but they fare much differently approaching a person online rather than a face-to-face interaction. One in five men will date “out of their league” because of the wider opportunities online dating yields.
Virtual dating has done more than ease the jitters of the first, awkward conversations, it has significantly altered the well-traveled steps of conventional courtship.
Instead of taking time to explore the welcome intricacies and surprising quirks of a date, all details are available at your fingertips. We’ve all googled a person before meeting them, scanning over their career history, hobbies and favorite TV shows, not to mention years’ worth of Facebook albums.
Online personas allow people to fall in love at first click, even before meeting. Though conversations may not flow so naturally if you’ve memorized someone’s musical taste without asking.
Lawrence Cervantes, chief communications officer for AnastasiaDate.com, argues the shift from traditional dating to online doesn’t rid romance of its established habits, it only improves them.
“It’s far more convenient, takes emotional stress away from the process, and is more efficient,” Cervantes tells Mashable. “It doesn’t eliminate the traditional dating ritual, just gives it a shot of Vitamin B.”
The report shows most respondents believe one of the benefits is getting to know someone before committing, and 74% feel technology has made dating easier. Perhaps tweeting about your latest favorite gadget is the new alternative to dropping gift hints to your mate.
How drastically has technology impacted our relationships? Is the art of offline dating lost or does online romance improve it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Brad Pitt gave Angelina Jolie breath mints for Valentine’s Day.
The stunning Angelina Jolie received breath mints for Valentine’s Day from Brad Pitt, her man of eight years, according to Us Weekly.
It wasn’t just an Altoid or a Tic-Tac, though. Jolie was allegedly presented with an Eatwhatever – a breath-freshening product that includes a swallowable gel cap and a mint to suck on. It’s also vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free.
The gift was intended as a loving joke because “he always teases her that she has bad breath,” a source told the magazine.
“It’s a joke gift,” the source insisted. “He’ll also get her something more serious.”Hopefully he came up with something good for lovers’ holiday — Jolie has a pretty impressive track record of presents to her beau.
In 2011, she reportedly showered her fiancé/father of their six children with gifts like a diamond pendant worth six-figures engraved with a microscopic love note. For Pitt’s birthday/Christmas gift last year, he was reportedly surprised with an actual California waterfall where they plan to build a house above. For Valentine’s 2010, the “Fight Club” star reportedly received helicopter and flying lessons that totaled $1.6 million.
Why online dating services are like financial markets (and not just because you might get lucky).
It is Valentine’s Day, an occasion for romance, for the celebration of the magical connection two people share when Cupid’s arrow strikes and true love blossoms.
But this is Wonkblog, and we won’t have any of that. Instead, we will explain a little bit about the economics of love—and specifically, what dating has in common with financial transactions.Think of it this way. In a dating marketplace, everyone is trying to get the best match they can find. Somehow, as millions of people each pursue their own best interest, mutually beneficial arrangements result. It is not unlike when buyers and sellers, each pursuing their best interest, come together in a marketplace.
Online dating is for relationships what modern, electronic financial markets are for people trading stocks or bonds. Those looking to buy and sell financial assets once crowded onto the streets of Lower Manhattan or the City of London, all coming to one place to engage in trade. Those are the equivalent of the bars that singles traditionally go to meet other singles.
Dating at the White House.
First Lady Michelle Obama warned her husband to be prepared–it would come sooner than he thought, she told him.
She didn’t need a classified intel briefing to warn her that their pre-teen girls could be dating soon.When President Obama was asked last fall about the potential of his older daughter, Malia, having boyfriends, he told Entertainment Tonight, ”She may not be able to date until she’s 30 or 35.”
But Mrs. Obama knew better.“No honey, it will be sooner than that, so brace yourself,” she countered.So has the time finally come? Did the president, while talking about early childhood education, hint at a rally in Decatur, Ga., today that one of his girls is dating?
“I do have to warn the parents who are here, who still have young kids, they grow up to be, like five feet 10 inches. And even if they’re still nice to you, they basically don’t have a lot of time for you during the weekends,” Mr. Obama said. “They have sleepovers and dates. So all that early investment just leaves them to go away.”
Even the commander-in-chief, with access to classified briefings and drones, is left powerless to prevent young love. And dating while living at the White House can have its perks.
Jenna Bush dated and later wed Henry Hager, an MBA student and aide to political operative Karl Rove. The two are now expecting their first child in the spring.She once described dad George W. Bush as ”not the shotgun-dad type. He’s the joking-around-to-the- point-where-he scares-the-heck-out-of-them type.”
But dating at the White House isn’t always easy. According to urban lore Susan Ford once reportedly sneaked out of the White House, driving off in her Mustang. The Secret Service apparently was unable to find her for an hour. But in later years, she was able to get the White House to host her high school senior prom and that meant the Secret Service had to clear every one of her classmates and their dates.
So what happens when the Obama girls go on a date or to prom?“That’s classified information,” Mrs. Obama joked back in August on ET. “We can’t divulge those secrets.”
2012 Olympics: Australia, Japan Criticized For Olympian Gender Discrimination
Australia — Men up front, women in the back.
Not so fast, Olympians.Sports governing bodies from Japan and Australia are being skewered following complaints that male Olympic athletes flew business class to the London Games, while the women sat in the cheap seats.
Japan’s world champion women’s football team took exception to flying economy while their male counterparts sat in business en route to the games.
“It should have been the other way around,” Japanese soccer star Homare Sawa, the 2011 FIFA women’s world player of the year, said after arriving in Paris after the 13-hour flight, with just the short hop to London left. “Even just in terms of age we are senior.”
The Japan Football Association said the men’s under-23 Olympic team members flew in business class because they are professionals. The women, however, are likely be the bigger draw at the games. Only months after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan last year, they brought a sliver of joy to their country by winning their first World Cup title.
The Australian women’s basketball team has also been more successful than the men, earning the silver medal at each of the last three Olympics.
On Friday, Basketball Australia said it would make sure the flight flap doesn’t happen again.”(We will) review our Olympic travel policy with the goal of ensuring there is equity between travel arrangements for the men’s and women’s teams attending future Olympics,” the basketball governing body said in a statement.
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