Dating and breakups
Now, you’re back at square one in the quest for marriage, and it feels lonelier than square one, and further from the altar, because of all you’ve spent and lost.
By offering a perpetual gaze into the lives of former partners, social media platforms enable exes to hang on to hope.
Yet every hour spent monitoring an ex is an hour not spent searching for a better match.
The blurriness of breakups can undermine new relationships as well.
By impeding a definitive ending, technology has created what relationship researcher Scott Stanley dubs the "soft breakup." "There are so many easy, cheap ways to stay in contact now," says Stanley, a professor of psychology at the University of Denver.
"Social media have completely transformed" the chances of persistent connection.