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Dating | Digital Dating

Dating // July 26, 2014

Searching for that perfect partner is never easy, and for centuries men and women have looked for love in many unorthodox ways. Women can no longer rely on romantic coffee shop run-ins or any other movie-like scenarios that have falsified our perceptions of love. It’s true, love hits us when we least expect it, but now that we’re living in the 21st century, we can no longer wait for Prince Charming to sweep us off our feet. If people are, to ever find the one person they want to spend the rest of their lives with, it’s time that they become proactive when it comes to dating.

When the term “online dating” was first coined, the public's reaction was somewhat cautious, but this method of looking for love is not as new as you would think. According to an article posted on Return of Kings, this unconventional way of dating has been practiced since the 1700s. Of course, there was no internet back then, but when men struggled with the stigma attached to the inability to find a spouse by the age of 21, bachelors started posting their personal ads in newspapers. Although couples then often lied about the first time they had met, women found themselves curious over this dating strategy, leading them to post their own ads as well.

The internet, obviously, became the modern newspaper, connecting singles from every corner of the world. It took some time for online dating to shed its reputation as a desperate means for companionship, and it’s not surprising that some still look down upon it. However, that doesn’t change the fact that the internet is an incredibly efficient way to meet new people, as explained by Brains.org. The success of social networking websites has clearly shown the human need for belongingness, even in the virtual world. Social features have even began appearing on other online platforms, such as gaming apps, so users can make human connections with fellow players. Gaming Realms, operator of mobile casino pocketfruity.com, revealed that the market for social gaming is expected to grow to $4 billion by 2015, which only goes to show that even though our primary purposes for the internet have nothing to do with dating, we still have the desire to establish human connections via the World Wide Web.

And with the modern advancements in mobile internet, hopeless romantics are now finding it much easier to form relationships. Critically acclaimed dating websites such as Match.com have branched out to mobile apps as new portals for online dating. Laptop Mag lists the best dating mobile apps to date, and given the amount of time we currently spend on our smartphones and tablets, it won’t be long until you potentially meet “the one”.

Some might still attach a stigma to online dating, but that won't matter if you find yourself falling in love with a person you want to spend the rest of your life with.

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Monday, 13 August 2012 16:47

Lifestyle | Top 5 Most Useful Websites

August 13, 2012

We live in an increasingly digital world and depend on the internet for work, at home and at play. You have to sift through a plethora of information and thousands of websites fighting for your attention when you want to find the best vegan restaurant in your neighborhood, or decide which new tablet to buy. Here are the top five most useful websites for navigating life in the information age.

1. Living Social

Every girl needs to indulge every now and then, whether it’s a date night at a fancy restaurant, girls night out at the hippest new bar, or a relaxing spa day. Living social offers daily deals at local restaurants, bars, and spas that make it easy to justify those little splurges during a recession. Members receive discounts of up to 90 percent at neighborhood attractions, as well as discounts on escapes to exotic locales, concerts and family friendly activities. After you buy the deal, you'll get a unique link to share. If three people buy the deal using your link, then your deal is free.

http://livingsocial.com

 

2. Cnet

Visit Cnet for tech product reviews, news, price comparisons, free software downloads, daily videos, and pod casts. This is a great way to do your homework before shopping for your next digital camera, plasma TV, or MP3 player. Savvy consumers will consult editorial reviews and comments from real users before spending money on expensive high tech gadgets.

http://www.cnet.com/

 

3. How Stuff Works

Explore the world and learn how stuff works without ever leaving the comfort of your own home. This website has several interactive features including games, quizzes and forums covering everything from environmental science to home and gardening advice. Learn how The Galapagos Islands played a role in Darwin's theory of evolution, how the states got their shapes, how to fix a carburetor and how to remove wine stains from your tablecloth at How Stuff Works. This website has a surplus of information to help you answer questions about both the most complex and mundane aspects of life.

http://www.howstuffworks.com/

 

4. Mint.com

I first learned about Mint while preparing my own taxes a couple of years ago. I’m the girl with the huge mommy bag full of receipts, bank slips, check stubs and loose change. I couldn’t tell you my account balance if my life depended on it and I never made time to budget. Mint helps keep me organized by tracking my spending habits, suggesting a budget and reminding me when bills are do. Focusing on financial goals is easier when you can see that you spent $200 dollars on clothes last week.

http://www.mint.com

 

5. Ugallery.com

Art work is a great way to make a house(or apartment) feel like home. I’m getting too old for those posters that adorned my dorm room walls and reprints from Ross are a bit generic. However, original artwork can be expensive. The solution? Ugallery.com, a website that features cool, yet affordable pieces selected by expert curators. Promising young artists don’t have to starve and you can find the perfect painting to hang in the dining room for a great price. This interactive gallery features artist bios and a virtual wall which allows you to see how a piece would match your existing décor. My favorite part is that you can shop by price(some stuff is priced as low as $20) and return anything you don’t love within a week for a refund.

http://www.ugallery.com/

 

Published in Lifestyle
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 06:00

Lifestyle | Top 5 Most Useful Websites

November 8, 2011

We live in an increasingly digital world and depend on the internet for work, at home and at play. You have to sift through a plethora of information and thousands of websites fighting for your attention when you want to find the best vegan restaurant in your neighborhood, or decide which new tablet to buy. Here are the top five most useful websites for navigating life in the information age.

1. Living Social

Every girl needs to indulge every now and then, whether it’s a date night at a fancy restaurant, girls night out at the hippest new bar, or a relaxing spa day. Living social offers daily deals at local restaurants, bars, and spas that make it easy to justify those little splurges during a recession. Members receive discounts of up to 90 percent at neighborhood attractions, as well as discounts on escapes to exotic locales, concerts and family friendly activities. After you buy the deal, you'll get a unique link to share. If three people buy the deal using your link, then your deal is free.

http://livingsocial.com


2. Cnet

Visit Cnet for tech product reviews, news, price comparisons, free software downloads, daily videos, and pod casts. This is a great way to do your homework before shopping for your next digital camera, plasma TV, or MP3 player. Savvy consumers will consult editorial reviews and comments from real users before spending money on expensive high tech gadgets.

http://www.cnet.com/


3. How Stuff Works

Explore the world and learn how stuff works without ever leaving the comfort of your own home. This website has several interactive features including games, quizzes and forums covering everything from environmental science to home and gardening advice. Learn how The Galapagos Islands played a role in Darwin's theory of evolution, how the states got their shapes, how to fix a carburetor and how to remove wine stains from your tablecloth at How Stuff Works. This website has a surplus of information to help you answer questions about both the most complex and mundane aspects of life.

http://www.howstuffworks.com/


4. Mint.com

I first learned about Mint while preparing my own taxes a couple of years ago. I’m the girl with the huge mommy bag full of receipts, bank slips, check stubs and loose change. I couldn’t tell you my account balance if my life depended on it and I never made time to budget. Mint helps keep me organized by tracking my spending habits, suggesting a budget and reminding me when bills are do. Focusing on financial goals is easier when you can see that you spent $200 dollars on clothes last week.

http://www.mint.com


5. Ugallery.com

Art work is a great way to make a house(or apartment) feel like home. I’m getting too old for those posters that adorned my dorm room walls and reprints from Ross are a bit generic. However, original artwork can be expensive. The solution? Ugallery.com, a website that features cool, yet affordable pieces selected by expert curators. Promising young artists don’t have to starve and you can find the perfect painting to hang in the dining room for a great price. This interactive gallery features artist bios and a virtual wall which allows you to see how a piece would match your existing décor. My favorite part is that you can shop by price(some stuff is priced as low as $20) and return anything you don’t love within a week for a refund.

http://www.ugallery.com/


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