Trending Topic: Online Dating

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This blog will be a little different than my previous blogs, but albeit just as informative and entertaining (hopefully).

If someone had told you that they had an online dating profile about the same time MySpace was popular, you would’ve probably
Imagesquinted your nose and passed a negative judgement on that person’s self-esteem, hygiene or maybe even had an image of Steve Urkiel go through your head. Thanks to Social Media, today’s pop culture and popular reality TV shows, online dating is considered the norm.

Everyone is online now

Whether if they’re shopping for clothes, reading a news article, streaming their favorite album/TV show or publicly posting their current mood. In fact, I can not help, but notice every time I am out in public, mostly everyone is casually strolling through images on their smartphone or sending a text. The best way to capture someone’s attention is no longer putting on a Freekum Dress or Suite & Tie (well at least not in person). You capture someone’s attention through posting a picture online.

Social Media has fumed the flames of making online dating socially expectable through the usage of #MCM (Man Crush Monday) or #WCW (Women Crush Wednesday) and the notorious #selfies. Celebrities have even started using these hashtags to initiate a conversation or lack there of.  There is a reason why Instagram is currently the fastest growing social media platform. Also with their latest feature, Instagram Direct. It is easier for people to connect online without prying eyes.

Instagram isn’t the only image drive social media machine, so is SnapChat. During the earlier stages SnapChat was used Imagepredominantly for sexting or inappropriate usage. Ever heard of “Facebook official?” Of course you have, people generally aren’t in a relationship until it is “Facebook official” or shown on Facebook with a relationship update.

With recent popular TV shows on cable networks like Bravo and MTV

Online dating has seemed to be put on a pedestal. Television shows like Catfish, Online Dating Rituals of an American Male and a few TrueLife episodes that highlights long distant relationships and the use of social media, online dating has became THE thing to do. Bravo’s Online Dating Rituals of an American Male is a reality television show that follows around single males who reside in LA looking for dates using various online dating websites. Men can use it as a tool of things to do and things not to do, while women can use it as a sneak peak in the minds of single male online daters. Although there has been an episode that featured a relatively/quasi popular gay YouTube star, Davey Wavey. Each show the men are different, but usually the website are the same (Match.com, OK Cupid, Tender, Grindr, Jack’D, etc…) I can’t lie I have had my experience with online dating, but that will make for another blog post. MTV’s Catfish focuses more on the negative effects and sometimes rewarding outcomes of online long distant dating. Similar to the documentary.

Thanks to all the previous factors of why online dating has became so popular, the next time someone tells you they have an online profile. Your reaction will be more than likely inquisitive and interested.

Comments?

Do you have any experiences with online dating, both negative or bad. I would love to hear them. Leave them down below in the comments section!

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I am a recent college graduate from University of Texas-San Antonio. I received my BA degree in Communications with a minor in Business Administration in May 2011. I enjoy keeping up with my favorite gossip blogs, reality television shows, and of course the social media.

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