By Ghadah Alhazzaa @__ghadah___
Before social media existed, dating was nerve wracking and traditional. It wasn’t easy approaching someone or expressing your interest to them. Thanks to social media nowadays, dating is no longer terrifying. Social media has changed the dating game for everyone. It has definitely helped a lot of people find their significant other. Pursuing someone you like used to be exhausting and having the social and communication skills is extremely important. Nowadays, dating is easier and most people especially the younger generation use dating apps to connect with others as well as use platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Liking someone’s picture and sliding into a guy or a girl’s DM is very common now. Some might agree that social media is a good way to find relationships and others might disagree with that simply because many people think that the excitement does not exist anymore. You know everything about the person simply from checking their accounts on social media and doing your research. According to Lenhart & Duggan, 2014, “74% of the adult internet users who report that the Internet had an impact on their marriage or partnership say the impact was positive. Still, 20% said the impact was mostly negative, and 4% said it was both good and bad.”
A specific twitter hashtag became very popular when people starting posting their love story and how they met on twitter using the hashtag #WeMetOnTwitter. According to Smith & Duggan, 2013, “11% of American adults and 38% of those who are currently “single and looking” for a partner have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps.” Social media has its positives and negatives when it comes to dating nowadays. People tend to show the positives and glamorous lifestyle online which can be misleading when you’re trying to get to know someone on a personal level.
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