The internet, cell phones, and social media have become key actors in the life of many American couples— the 66% of adults who are married or in committed relationships.
Couples use technology in the little and large moments.
Some of this is about timing— technology a decade ago was squarely in the pre-Facebook, pre-smartphone era, and just ten years into the development of the commercially popular Web.
Those who were already together as a couple at the advent of a new platform or technology were a bit more likely to jump on together, as a unit, while those who begin relationships with their own existing accounts and profiles tend to continue to use them separately as individuals.
Technology in relationships is not just limited to coordination and logistics, it now encompasses even the more intimate moments.Consequently, we live in an age where many women are trading life-long intimacy through marriage for temporary pleasure, and where the hookup and resulting walk of shame are more likely than a walk down the isle. In fact, in a recent Gallup survey, 56 percent of unmarried Millennials said they want to marry one day, but are choosing to delay marriage. Unlike previous generations that married young, the average college graduate is entering the workforce with an average of ,000 of student loan debt.In fact, finances are the third most common reason Americans cite for why they are not yet married. For women who want to marry and choose to wait, inevitably this means that the pool of eligible bachelors is becoming smaller by the day.Young adults think they can pick and chose the perfect mate by viewing a picture of who’s hot and who’s not, all the while leaving character, values, and depth aside.The reason why online dating sites such as Tinder, Hinge, or Ok Cupid have become so popular among young people is that they take risk and vulnerability out of equation. One reason why Millennials are delaying marriage is outstanding debt.