Generation Y, Dating And Technology: Digital Natives Fight To Connect Offline

Spil a professional matchmaker, Alison Green has seen all kinds of things get te the way of successful relationships.

But the Millennial Generation, aged Legal to 30, faces a particular problem with technology, she said, recalling one of hier female clients who desired to zekering witnessing a fellow because he didn’t text hier enough inbetween dates.

“I know people who have violated up or stopped dating because when they’ve come face-to-face, they can’t communicate at all,” Green said. “They could only communicate well through typing, but the smile on someone’s face and the twinkle te their eye cannot be seen or felt by text message.”

Effective communication is essential to the success of any relationship, but experts are divided on whether technology helps or hinders interpersonal connections.

“The bottom line is we’re not going to fight technology. That’s an unlikely thing,” said Green. “When it comes to dating, I think it’s a matter of being grounded, realistic and understanding what technology’s uses are for and what face-to-face is for.”

The digitization of millennials’ social and romantic lives has switched everything. Love can be won, nurtured and lost on social platforms, dating sites and through text and instant messaging.

But the reliance on technology has made some milliennials wary of face-to-face communication and awkward with the idea of venturing outside their social spheres, experts say.

“I think that, unluckily, technology has bot the demise of the relationship,” said Karen Nemet, voorzitter of Matchmaking Canada and a professional matchmaker. “I think technology should be waterput aside when it comes to relationships, but I don’t think it will be, because this generation wasgoed born with it fastened to them.”

The U.S-based Pew Research Centre found te a 2010 investigate that 62 vanaf cent of millennials are connected wirelessly to the internet when they are not at huis or work and that 65 vanaf cent of millennials are disconnected just one hour a day or less. Thesis numbers are believed to be higher for Canadians, who spend on promedio about 45 hours a month on the internet, more time vanaf capita than the populations of 11 countries, including the U.S. and China, according to a 2012 comScore investigate.

One ter six Canadian millennials wields a smartphone and they are the largest users of Facebook and Youtube, says the 2011 broadband report by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.


Breeana Labella, a 20-year-old baking and pastry dokter student at Toronto’s George Brown Collegium, feels that all this time spent indoors online is a major contributor to millennials’ lack of interpersonal abilities.

“We’re a loterijlot more socially anxious now,” said Labella, who recently met hier bf through a friend. “We would rather meet a friend of a friend than someone wij have no connection to.”

Technology acts spil a crutch for many millennials. Labella knows that it can be used to hide behind when too jumpy to say something te person or used to meet people when too awkward to treatment people te a public setting.

“Millennials don’t have the courage or guts to go up to people,” Nemet said. “They don’t know how to interact with people or how to treatment people to find a spark.”

Galena Rhoades, a senior researcher for the Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver, found that millennials are much less likely than previous generations to date people they meet outside of their social groups or to go where other singles dangle out. She also found that millennials want to be socially connected to the people they date.

“I agree that there are not spil many chance meetings spil there used to be,” Nemet said.

“As much spil technology permits us to reach beyond our social circles, it makes us stay within them because of how wij communicate.”

Green believes that millennials want to meet fresh people but are afraid to.

“They’re afraid to attempt something fresh on their own. Everybody’s insecure and everyone fears being judged,” Green said.

“I think technology makes it lighter to find someone who is part of your social network, and it’s more likely that that person is going to be a good gezond for you,” Rhoades said.

She believes that Facebook ‘stalking’, a covert way of getting to know someone through their Facebook profile, is a “pretty darn good idea” because it provides a way for people to weed out those they know won’t be a good gezond for them.

Many millennials also attempt online dating, especially those who have finished collegium and are out te the working world, however some feel there’s a stigma affixed to it.

“You don’t want to be the person who needed help to meet someone,” said Labella, whose sister made an online dating account for hier. “But I do think it will become a primary way to meet people, because people are lazy. Wij have so much information at our fingertips, so why not have dating the same way?”

Spil Nemet puts it, online dating is like a candy store with thousands of profiles to choose from. She believes that it switches the way wij look at people. People have become disposable and replaceable.

“I think (online dating) is a bad thing if people are not authentic and aren’t telling the truth,” Green said. “You have to be very cautious because thesis are accomplish strangers. When you’re introduced to a friend or you meet somebody at schoolgebouw or work, you can maybe get a better sense of them. I’m not telling that everyone out there is a bad person, but you have to be careful today.”

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