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June 2014

Dating today and yesteryear

Today’s technology has reared its head into pretty much everything, from the way we communicate with each other to how we do business. What about the romantic aspect of our lives? How has technology changed the way we date or meet new people? Well, if you ask the matchmakers, modern technology has impacted dating dramatically.

Dating Back Then

Remember how we used to date back in the 80s, when we were still in school. Calling up your crush’s home phone, getting thoroughly scrutinized by her dad and finally being given the green signal. Or how about meeting that perfect stranger in a coffee shop or a date at the movies? Seemed pretty simple didn’t it? That’s because we’re borrowing these things from pop culture classics such as ‘Dazed and Confused’ and ‘Friends’; this didn’t happen in real life!

In fact, dating was pretty hard back then, more specifically due to the limitations in communication. If your significant other was moving abroad for college, it meant an end to a 3 year old relationship. There was no Skype, email or even cell phones to keep in touch with someone that lived past the state line.

Besides that, your prospective dating partners were just limited to people who lived in a drivable radius. Truth be told, the outlets were pretty limited, which made things pretty tough.

Dating Today

Look around you today; we’ve got a million dating sites, Skype, meet strangers online channels and even Russian mail bride services! The latter means you could literally talk to a woman 30,000 miles away and tie the knot online! Yes, dating is indubitably much easier now, as there are no communication constraints.

But that’s just one side of the equation. If you ask us, technology has affected dating in both a good and a bad way. We already mentioned how it has positively affected the love game; now let’s look at the negatives.

Probably the most noticeable negative impact of new technology is the lack of romance in dating. There’s simply no more excitement left in meeting someone new and getting to know about them. Like someone you met at a networking event? Simply do a search on Facebook and get to know everything about them. It gets even creepier, as you may even check out the places they have worked at before, what their interests are and even a background check on any past relationships they have had.

No matter how much we hate to admit it, technology has definitely impacted the ‘excitement’ factor of a first date. Romantic gestures such as sending flowers from a different state or planning a surprise birthday party mean nothing anymore, as you can simply log on to the millions of services online that can do that for you with the tap of a button.

However, this doesn’t mean there’s no hope for love. It all depends on you, how you adapt to this new change. At least with online dating sites, you can choose to check out only those people that have something in common with you, or are looking for the same thing as you. It’s not all that bad either, as there are more sociable outlets now.

5 Ways to Build Better Relationships At Work

There are numerous ways that professional singles can have closer bonds and healthier relationships with those that they work with professionally, on a daily basis.

While it may seem difficult at times, it is highly important that professional singles find ways to bond with those in the workplace. It is possible and it is vital for singles to have a healthy relationship with their fellow colleagues, business associates, staff, and even their clients. There are many ways that a single professional can begin to build closer bonds with those in the workplace.

It is so important for those who work together to get along well. Communication among the staff plays a big role in having a company that is successful. In order to have a great relationship with those around, professional singles have to communicate in a way that is genuine and honest. They have two options when they show up to work; they can either see their hours in the workplace as an opportunity to just simply show up or they can use it to build closer bonds and new social relationships.

Being observant is another great way to build bonds in the workplace. If one is aware of their surroundings and the people they are surrounded by, they will more likely build close relationships with their coworkers and staff. Get an idea of the culture of the company you work for and let that help you make a decision of how to approach co-workers to get to know one another. One could simply invite someone to coffee to get to know each other, or maybe even have dinner after work.

A key factor of getting to know other coworkers is to be a person who is likeable. If one is honest, friendly, and open to social relationships, that person will likely build close bonds and healthy relationships in the workplace. An important thing to remember is to not judge one before getting to know them properly.

A great way to build relationships in the workplace is to find common ground with someone. It can be awkward at first trying to get to know someone. A great way to start building a bond that will last is to find an interest that is shared with a coworker or someone on staff. Maybe it is a TV show or both have children who play sports. Whatever it may be, find common ground and it will help the relationship grow quickly.

One last way one can strive to build healthy and thriving relationships with their coworkers is to not put limits on relationships. Just because someone ranks higher or lower in the workplace does not mean a relationship cannot be built. In fact, these types of relationships can be beneficial in numerous ways, including mentoring. Build bonds with those in the workplace without limits or restrictions.