We are living in a time where the world of social media has taken “dating” to a different place and it no longer has the same value that it once had. Modern dating fueled by social media has created a culture where people spend more time “texting” and “snapchatting” rather than spending quality time and developing a bond with someone. Since we celebrate Valentine’s Day this month, I could not pass up the opportunity to share this article. Enjoy!
- Modern dating tends to create a “Hookup Culture” which treats the opposite sex as an object to be used instead of a soul to be cherished. When we approach relationships with purely carnal intentions and selfish goals, we dehumanize ourselves and the other person. Society has made it so common to “hook up” or have “friends with benefits”, this is not how God intended for it to be.
- Modern dating defines love as a feeling instead of a commitment. The strength of a relationship can often be determined by the level and strength of the commitment. Love is more than a feeling. The bible tells us that “Love (charity) is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. (I Corinthians 13:4,5)
- Modern dating encourages people to “play a role” instead of simply being themselves. In our social-media driven culture, we’re constantly tempted to manage our public image and refine that image if it isn’t getting the popularity or enough “likes”. Many people go through relationships and never get the chance to know and love the real person because we are always playing a different character.
- Modern dating encourages multiple temporary partners
- Modern dating devalues the significance of marriage. Society is pushing the idea that marriage as an outdated and antiquated idea, but we need it more than ever. Dating just for the sake of dating will do more harm than good. We were created for so much more, so let’s stop lowering our standards.