Dating in 2015: How Social Media Has Changed the World of Dating

Welcome to 2015 where social media has become a necessary evil. It comes in handy to stay in touch with loved ones and keep up with the latest celebrity gossip, but ironically, it has made us anti-social. This generation seems to be more entertaining and comfortable when they have a laptop or cell phone in hand. Face-to-face interaction has taken a back seat to apps such as FaceTime and Snapchat. I am guilty of being an avid user of social media, but the more I am on it, the more I realize that it has changed this generation’s mentality on a number of things. Topics like dating and relationships have become more about Drake lyrics and unrealistic expectations than putting the phone down and getting to know someone.

Whether you’re in a relationship or not, going on dates should be fun. Of course the movies and dinner are always an option, but what about going to a museum or an amusement park? There are dozens of options that are economical and unique that people don’t take advantage of. I threw the word “economical” in there because of some heated debates I’ve seen where the cost of a typical date was questioned. Some said $200 (which, as a 19-year-old college student, is ridiculous) while others said no more than $40. I know there is no definite answer to the question, but why should there be a debate in the first place? It is all about your personal preference. If you have the kind of wallet to go out and spend $200, go right ahead. However, ladies, we can not expect a teenager/college student to spend that kind of money, especially on a first date. That is beyond unrealistic. As for the guys, stop asking girls to “chill and watch Netflix.” I mean, it works sometimes, but it’s a turn off for some girls.

Social media has made us cowards, for the lack of a more accurate term. Social media mentality has caused us to trust no one and keep Snapchat on at all times. We sit on Twitter using the hashtags “#RelationshipGoals” and “#IfWeDate” as if a date will magically appear if we get enough retweets. Let’s try to put the phones down and have fun dating while we can.

I’m Kayla Nyree, and whatever will be, will be!

– Kay

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