By: Jasmine Meredith
Around Valentine’s Day, #WeMetOnTwitter was trending. Couples we’re showing off their relationship success but I guess the “taboo” part was the fact these couples met on Twitter, obvious from the hashtag, a social media site. It’s silly because when you think about it, it’s not that crazy of an idea but when you see now married couples who’s romance started via a direct message or maybe a picture like it’s like “wow, you can find love on social media.”
There’s always been a stigma when it came to online dating. According to Pew Research, 23% of people believe “people who use online dating sites are desperate.” Fortunately, that’s a stigma that has changed over the years. According to the research, “nearly half of the public knows someone who uses online dating or who has met a spouse or partner via online dating.” Today people accept online dating more than before. In a day where technology and social media is, and bare with me, a significant part of people’s lives… at least, generally speaking, meeting someone online and moving from there is beginning to become normal and accepted.
There’s a blackpeoplemeet commercial that I’ve seen and it addresses the stigma and that people are embarrassed to say that they met online. I think it was brilliant on their part to let people know it’s ok. I do believe that eventually meeting online, or on Twitter will become more accepted and not frowned upon.
Using social media to show what social media did for you is a really cool concept to me. There’s so much that can be done with social media from business to reconnecting with family, branding and even meeting the love of your life. People don’t really meet the “old fashion way” as much and that can be because they’re shy or don’t really have the time to. Social media makes a way for everyone to find what they’re looking for.
“#Wemetontwitter – Twitter Search”. Twitter.com. N.p., 2017. Web. 19 Feb. 2017.
Smith, Aaron et al. “5 Facts About Online Dating”. Pew Research Center. N.p., 2017. Web. 19 Feb. 2017.
Brooks Darnell – Black People Meet Commercial”. YouTube. N.p., 2017. Web. 19 Feb. 2017.