There was a roar over internet when Zayn Malik broke up with his then girl friend Perrie Edwards over text. The rules of adult dating have undergone drastic changes over the past few years. The social media evolution and access to technology have changed the whole dating scene. Gone are the days of leaving voice messages and emails, welcome to the new world of twitters and instagrams.
Back then, adult dating was confined to just exchanging telephone numbers. Imagine the pain of a guy when he wants to hook up with the only girl who gave her number and the number seemed to be busy every time he called. In fact, so many hit movies revolve around these miscommunications. The girl wants to get back to the guy and when the phone is answered by a female voice, the girl always assumes it to be his girl friend. So, she just dumps the guy in her heart, without even giving him a chance to explain. Well, the adult dating rules though seemed simple, they were complicated in their own way.
Later, internet started changing the rules. Welcome to emails and online chatting. Online chatting is like a God sent wonder to all the single men and women out there who want to date but never had the guts to say it loud in real. Movies again came up with their own romances based on the changing dating rules. ‘Yov’ve got mail’ tops the romantic movies based on email and online chatting. The adult dating scene was still a bit simpler then, till internet made its way to social networking and telephones got replaced with basic mobiles and basic mobiles with smart phones.
Welcome to the new age of adult dating. The girl is no longer interested in his name. She is more interested on his Facebook profile, the friends he added and the groups that he is tagged along. She will be more keen to know his twitter handle and the kind of messages he tweets and how often he tweets. The guy wants to check her instagram. The kind of pictures she posts and the kind of friends she hangs out with, not in ‘real’, but on Google hangouts. The technology did make the communication simpler but it also made the adult dating rules very complicated.
Remember the dialogue of Drew Barrymore from the movie, ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’, “I miss the days when you had one phone number and one answering machine and that one answering machine has one cassette tape and that one cassette tape either had a message from a guy or it didn’t.” So, staying up with the technology is the only simple rule for staying up with the ever changing adult dating scene.