In a mere 10 to 15 years, something has happened so under-the-radar in our present day to day routines, that I'm not sure we really noticed it. Being married for such a long time, I never really paid much attention to it, until this evening, when I read an article in one of the on-line news sites about ...
Dating. About how men and women meet each other, both with the hopes of finding a companion. The article was about several new-start up companies who specialize in managing a person's dating life. It seems that there is a large section of the population who don't even have the time to spend putting their profiles on-line and searching for someone who shares their interests or goals.
Just think about it for a minute, we've become a group of people who don't meet potential mates through school, work, church, clubs, bars; or through friends, family and acquaintances; or even by chance. Instead, we sit in front of a computer screen, search and evaluate other people like we would for a used car, a house or a winter coat.
Now, apparently, there is a sub-group of individuals who are even too busy (translation: lazy) to do even that. They will pay someone to write their bio, put it on line, screen their potential matches, set up "dates" and keep a running tally of what worked and what didn't. I don't believe that these services go as far as take your potential date out on a test drive, but that seems to be the next logical extension of the concept.
If all of this has occurred in just the last 10 or 15 years, imagine what it will be like in another 50. This sort of social activity, so cutting edge now, will seem to have belonged in the dark ages.
Sometimes I wonder if any of us who met, became friends and fell in love in the traditional ways would ever have met our husbands and wives under the way things are done now. And of course, some people would wish they never had. But there are others, like me, who would have missed a lot of great things.
I'm perfectly aware that society must always move forward to progress and to prosper. Nothing can stay the same way it was forever.
But there are certain things that should be left just the way they are.