The Age Of Technology Has Changed Our Lives

1864 WordsDec 6, 20158 Pages
The 21st century, the age of technology, has greatly influenced our lives. In particular, the introduction of social media has changed the way we socialize, make friends, build romantic relationships, and present ourselves to the public. Before the evolvement of these media the number of potential soulmates was limited to those we were lucky enough to meet in person, and it required some time and effort, and a couple of dates to figure out whether the person was your type or not. Nowadays, many social networking websites, including Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, and others, alter the routine stages of a romantic relationship, that is to say, a personal profile on these websites lets us generate the first impression online…show more content…
To begin the research it is necessary to understand why people use social media with regard to romantic relationships. The answer is obvious – for many users it is a means of meeting new people, developing and maintaining their relationships from distance. Therefore, it is important to discuss the stages of development of romantic relationships. In this respect I should mention Altman and Taylor (1973) who back in the 20th century suggested the social penetration theory which explained the progress of romantic relationships in Western cultures. The essence of this theory is that there are several layers of an individual and that intimate relationships develop when the interaction between people grows from outer layers to the inner ones – to the core of one’s personality (Wood 314). Though their social penetration theory dealt with romantic relationships in general, it can be narrowed down and adapted to the growth of relationships within the network of social media. Later in 2004, LaSalle (171-188) defined the development of romantic relationships as having four main stages. First comes orientation, which infers starting the relationship by giving away some basic information about one’s personality. As in this stage the two parties do not share much common information the communication might be abrupt and might not be very
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