I liked your post and I also believe there are many ups and downs to how technology affects our relationships. The game and time-saving efficient nature of online dating has become more important than actually finding a partner. Personally, I would not like to start a conversation with someone I was interested in online; I would like the traditional way of talking in person first and getting to know them before looking at their social media accounts. The Internet is a great place for people to create relationship from common traits. If a kid wants to meet someone they met online and they lie to their parents about going somewhere to meet this person, they can be abducted or killed in extreme cases. It seems that our obsession with all things digital can be damaging to our love lives in the real world.
In my profession it's important to keep ahead of new sex technologies to understand what my clients are telling me, and I am often asked my opinion about "dating websites".
How technology is affecting our relationships and sex lives
Social media can also deter one partner away from the other because of jealousy, chatting with others, or posting something that hurts the other. In Australia we have Grindr a mobile social networking and dating app for gay men that uses GPS technology. Thanks to social networks we can easily keep in touch with our friends who we cannot meet very often. Personally, some of my best friends and longest relationships have been with people that I first saw or met through social media. Mine met on a double blind date in which my mother and father had mutual friends who introduced them. Users can log on and instantly see other Grindr members in the area and share pictures and chat. I think that this creates an unhealthy relationship and can lead to unfulfilled expectations in a relationship.