STORY BY EMILY BAGG
Technology is taking over society whether we accept it or not.
When most people hear that, all they can think about is an evil villain taking over our world and poisoning our minds: brainwashing, if you will.
But while most are quick to assume that the Internet is dangerous, they become blind to the benefits.
Internet dating is a term not fully embraced in our modern society.
Many people respond with “that’s so dangerous” or “it’s not how people are supposed to find love.”
What I’m here to tell you is that this isn’t “The Notebook.” Some guy named Noah is not going to walk up to you and ask you to dance.
People are far too used to hiding behind their computer screens and texting their true feelings to one another.
So tell me this: If people are “supposed” to be meeting organically, why aren’t they?
A study was published in a UChicagoNews article that said, “More than a third of marriages between 2005 and 2012 began online, according to new research at the University of Chicago, which also found that online couples have happier, longer marriages.”
Online dating is vastly becoming the next gooey love story we read about in books and watch in movies.
In a society where everyone is becoming more and more anti-social because of the Internet anyway, why not use it to our advantage?
And for those who say its dangerous and are worried about meeting a creepy guy, I won’t deny that its true, but aren’t those creepy guys roaming the streets too?
You could meet him as he’s hitting on you in line at the grocery store. But instead of kindly denying him to his face, you kindly deny him over a Care.com chat.
A survey conducted by Princeton and reported by pewinternet.com said, “59 percent of all Internet users agree with the statement that “online dating is a good way to meet people. This is a 15-point increase from the 44 percent who said so in 2005.”
More and more people are beginning to adopt Internet dating as a real way to connect with someone.
This article is not meant to say everyone should always meet their significant other over the Internet.
It is meant to uphold all the good that these sites provide for us that we don’t utilize enough.
Meeting the love of your life over the Internet does not mean that your love is any less real than a couple’s love who met in person.
In the end, it really shouldn’t matter if you met your spouse as he saved you from a burning building or as he began chatting with you online about your common interests.
Love is love whether it’s organic or through that 13 by 15 inch screen on your desk.