Got into a discussion today about where online dating is heading in the next 20 years or so.
My friend thinks that online dating is going to become much more popular because with the separation you only have to share what you want. You don't have to share whatever you don't want and it removes the nerves and awkwardness of meeting people.
He thinks that online dating will be the primary source of meeting potential partners in the next 10 years.
In the next 20, he thinks that we'll actually be dating computers. We'll have smart houses that regulate the temperature, do the dishes, prepare meals, etc on its own. These houses will have voices similar to GPSs now. Because of this, we won't need to have real partners, and we'll fall in love with our computers instead.
I brought up that sex is lacking. That people want sex and visual stimulation. He said that virtual reality is so good now, that it will only improve over the next 20 years where that will be covered. We can either see things so real that it feels real, or they will come up with something that stimulates feelings along with what is being seen.
What do you think? Do you think that's where the future is going? If you could get pleasured virtually, where the result is the same without the effort of picking up someone would it be as appealing, or more so?
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I feel like no matter how good virtual reality gets people can always tell the difference between that and the real thing; it's just not the same. I do think online dating will grow in the coming decades, but I just don't believe it will ever replace actually meeting people and getting to know each other face to face. A relationship where you only know the person as they want you to see them isn't really a relationship, it's a lie. If you're not showing yourself completely to that person, they don't really know you and that's going to hurt any emotional connection you have, which is why I think actually dating someone and going out together, no matter how awkward or nerve-wracking it is, will stay the preferred way of dating.1