The New Dating Norms: 6 Big Changes in the Dating Game

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Meeting Potential Mates Through Social Media 

When I say social media, I am not talking about Match.com. The social media I’m referring to is more in the realm of sites like Facebook and Twitter. When I was in high school, Myspace was the popular social media website. You always heard warnings about meeting someone online and that you should use good sense because there might be a “Myspace killer,” or you might find yourself in a “To Catch a Predator” scenario. It was absurd to think that you would meet your future boyfriend on a social media platform like that.

However, plenty of people meet their potential girlfriends and boyfriends on Facebook or Twitter. On Facebook it’s as simple as a friend request, a message or a chat. Anybody can request anybody, so you never know who will end up trying to approach you through your inbox. Don’t act like you have never shown your girlfriends the profile of some guy you thought was cute–we’ve all been there. Twitter is another avenue all in itself. People are more exposed on Twitter. There are plenty of people who fill up your timeline with pictures of themselves and inviting tweets. All someone has to do is direct message you and the ball is rolling from there. Even athletes and celebrities have fallen victim to seducing women (and even men) through their Twitter pages. People really do form relationships through the social networks. Maybe it is that through these venues you actually get time to talk and really get to know a person (or the person they claim to be), which can make for a strong connection. So don’t be so reluctant to accept that friend request, your future could be waiting in your inbox.

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