Four Ways Tech Has Changed Relationships — For Better or Worse
Technology has become commonplace in our modern era, and it has irrevocably changed the way we interact with each other. From Facebook to YouTube and everywhere else, technology has helped us in many ways, but it has also hurt people. An important part of technology’s impact on our lives also has to do with our relationships. Technology has both hurt and helped relationships in many different ways. Here are four of the most prominent ones.
People can stay in touch more easily.
Five billion people have phones or tablets, and the majority of them connect to the internet. Whether you’re using a messaging service or you just text each other, it’s ridiculously easy to keep in contact with your partner, no matter where they are or who they’re with. You can even text and message other people who your partner says they’re with — whether to keep tabs on them or just to say hi.
It might not be the best thing for building trust, though; if you’re constantly checking on your partner, they may feel like you don’t trust them to do anything, and that can whittle away at your relationship. Read receipts, which are common in many phone models, can also make people feel like their partner is ignoring them, even if they’re just not able to reply at the moment. It’s definitely helpful, but it can be hurtful as well.
Social media allows you to see what’s going on in people’s lives.
Your partner might not keep you up-to-date on everything they’re doing — that’s just how relationships are! The things they share with social media, while not necessarily secrets, might give you an extra insight into their life that you wouldn’t be able to have before technology changed everything. It also lets them share things they enjoy doing with the rest of the world.
This can be both a good thing and a bad thing, though. Sometimes the things they share on social media might feel like secrets, and you might feel like they’re excluding you from their life on purpose. Also, with over 2 billion active Facebook users, you can keep up with plenty of your friends. If you see them interacting with other people, you might also feel like they’re more friendly with others than they are with you, and it can sometimes be cause for jealousy. It’s a great way to keep up with people, but if you’re already having issues, it can just exacerbate them.
Conversations are much easier to track.
Now that everyone is pretty much in constant contact with each other, they’re having conversations pretty frequently. Those conversations are also much easier to keep track of — if you have a conversation with someone and want to remember it later, you’ll likely be able to go back in your text or messaging history and find it.
However, if someone’s hiding something, that history can also be extremely incriminating. If you have something you need to hide, covering your tracks can be pretty difficult. It’s very easy to find something without even having to look very hard. No matter which side of that relationship you’re on, it doesn’t necessarily bode well for you.
Public searches are easy to access.
Before technology was widespread, people had to use a phonebook in order to find people in any way. Now, just by using a site like PeopleFinders, you can find almost anyone immediately. If you find a phone number in your partner’s phone that you don’t recognize, you can use a reverse phone lookup and find out information about the owner of the phone number.
On the other side, you really can’t scrub yourself from a people search. No matter what you’re doing, people searches are going to be able to find information about you that you probably didn’t even know was out there. You also need to make sure you delete all your phone and internet history so phone numbers can’t be traced, which is more difficult than you would think.
Technology has changed relationships so much that it’s hard to imagine having them before technology. After all, nowadays, it’s possible to keep up with people constantly, which you couldn’t do before the internet was widespread. However, that also means that you’re constantly being watched, and that makes keeping secrets much more difficult. Whether you’re the one cheating or you’re the one trying to keep your cheating undercover, you should know that it’s pretty easy to keep tabs on someone, even if they don’t want you to. PeopleFinders is one of the technological advancements that can ensure that you know what your partner is doing, no matter what.
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