Technology has played a major role in our romantic lives since the invention of the telephone. But in the decades since, some watershed moments have shifted the terrain of dating and relationships. Pornography migrated to the internet; online dating shifted from our desktop computers to our mobile devices; social media apps made it easier to keep tabs on our exes; and our phones were equipped with the ability to sync to Bluetooth-enabled sex toys.
I document our ever-shifting dating lives in my weekly column, Third Wheel. As technology grows more powerful, I’m wondering: How is it affecting the way we form connections?
Are we approaching a future where it becomes widely accepted to use ChatGPT’s suggestions to flirt? Does a virtual dinner date with you and another person’s digital avatar sound appealing?
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