The trend of online dating has been around since the emergence of the Internet. In the generation before the online era, people would meet face-to-face in cafes, on streets or at bars or even on airplanes. People make initial contact based on a number of cues and preferences, getting to know one another in person. Today these coincidental or so to say "meant to be" moments seem to be non-existent. Why have they become such a rarity? Is it because we know that there is an easy way out? What will it take for people to be as straightforward and confident in reality as they are behind the safety of their screens? It feels as though time spent with people in person has became a so to say 'hot commodity', even more so to the effort people are willing to put in. I will suggest that the new form of communication, provided by dating apps and websites, has created new societal issues in regards to in-person interactions, relationship forming and relationship maintenance.
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