The onset of the digital era changed many things including the way we date. Gone are the days where men and women interacted personally and enjoyed the sense of mystery and excitement that accompanies these romantic pursuits. With the advent of smartphones and social media, romanticism has taken an entirely new approach and the sensitivity and charm attached to old times seem to have died a premature death.

A profile picture and a status basically summarize who you are and what you expect from the people you wish to interact. This new age is a time of instant gratification and lower tolerance.

It is not all negative though. It has never been moreeasier to connect with like-minded people who share your likes and dislikes on the same platform. If you choose, your life can be an open book to anyone who is interested in you; they can know who your friends are and what kind of music, movies, books, and ideologies you adhere to.

And that is not all, it is on social media that you can connect with a much sought-after wedding planner or a dress designer and an event management company. In fact, my sister got the best wedding videographer here on Facebook.

Thus, dating in the digital era is a two-sided sword that needs to be wielded with care. While on the one hand, you can convey your exact feelings instantly with a quick text message or a WhatsApp or even your status, it is important to remember that personal contact is irreplaceable. To take any relationship forward, it is paramount that along with sight and audio the sense of touch and smell are involved too.

Therefore, take time to meet the first couple of times in person and have a face-to-face conversation to determine how compatible you both are. Remember, what you see and interact with online might not be the real deal.…