ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Finding Love in the Social Media Era

Updated on March 14, 2017

Love and social networks don't usually get along. Trying to combine them might make a relationship more contentious than romantic. Perhaps it might seem a prejudice, but believe me, there are plenty of studies that show that social networks have a negative influence on relationships and provoke jealousy, insecurity, harassment and, above all, many confusions.

Nowadays, our way of socializing, and therefore, flirting, begins to change slightly in urban environments. According to a Badoo study, - a site that specializes in letting people meet online-, an ordinary Internet user spends more time socializing in online networks than face to face. Thus, it's estimated that one in three people prefer to use digital media to contact others.

Social networks are a double-edged sword for love affairs. On the one hand, by avoiding face to face contact you can eliminate certain behaviors such as shyness or fear of rejection, and facilitate for strangers to know each other and establish deep fraternal ties. However, a study published by the Journal of Compute-mediated communication explains that the use of Facebook has a negative impact on relationships.

Thus, the most common behaviors associated with couples and the use of Facebook are jealousy, cyber bullying, stalking, the need for popularity, low self-esteem and, overall, a negative perception of the relationship, almost always linked to the popularity of one and the emotional instability of the other.

I bet that at least once you have been asked to delete a person from your friends list. If so, you are within 12% of users who have been asked to eliminate troublesome people in relationships, according to a study by the Pew Internet Project. That same paper explains that 25% of people who have a Facebook profile regularly check what other people write on their partner's profile.

It seems that the happiness of couples lies in the ability to ignore the Facebook profiles of each other.

Now, if you are a forever alone person, let me recommend some apps that can help you meet people and maybe even have an exciting adventure or, why not, a relationship.

Tinder

It is most popular app right now. The idea is to create a profile with your Facebook user data and use six profile pictures. After that, you select the age range and width of the area to be searched (e.g., 10 km radius), and it immediately shows us people who share our interests and who we might find interesting.

However, it is important to note that the other person is not aware that we are interested in them unless they are also interested in you. If there is a match, then a new window opens where you can chat with the person.

It has an average gender distribution of 55% male and 45% female, and the app is available for IOS and Android.

Down

Once called 'Bang with Friends', which leaves no doubt about the purpose of the application. The idea is to select our Facebook contacts with which we would like to have an affair. If the selected contact does the same with us, a notification is sent to both letting you know that you can proceed.

Break up notifier

It's very simple: select a contact from Facebook which you are interested in, who is involved in a romantic relationship with someone. If the chosen person changes their status, you'll receive a notification.

Streetmatching

Suppose you're walking down the street and meet someone, but you didn't ask for her name or telephone number. You then check into this app and select the place, date and time where your meeting happened; if the other person does the same, then you'll both receive a notification and receive each other's contact info.

So, there it is, you no longer have an excuse to walk alone dragging your blanket these days. You just need to download some applications and dedicate them a little time. Good luck!

© 2017 AF

Comments

Submit a Comment

  • dashingscorpio profile image

    dashingscorpio 

    19 months ago

    I suspect age and maturity have a lot to do with how much time one spends on social network sites.

    I never knew Facebook offered "Breakup Notifier". Too funny!

    It almost seems close to stalking. I'm also not sure if it is wise to attempt to be someone's "rebound"

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)