Internet and Everyday Life

Everyday life encompasses all social activities and relations including both codified and unofficial practices. Today, more than ever before, the practices and relations typically associated with everyday life like love, relationship, comradeship, and friendship, have become open, fluid, and dispersed across space and time via the Internet (Burkitt, 2004). As the world’s systems have increasingly transited from the factual to the virtual environment, online dating has defined new dimensions and techniques of relationship, and the society bears its fruits as well as consequences.People use social media for online dating in everyday life for a variety of causes and in different circumstances that lead them to different consequences. Social media feels like a suitable avenue for dating because people are in control of how much they can reveal about themselves. Unlike real-life situations, where people feel hesitant to approach one another and overtly ask for a relationship, online dating makes the participants feel more at ease making overt requests and suggestions because these are platforms established for the union of like-minded people specifically looking for relationship development. Nevertheless, there are many participants who use social media for online dating just for recreational purposes. These participants approach online dating as a pastime and enjoyable activity. Some people feel driven to use social media for online dating because they have a history of traumatic relationships in the past and thus feel too shy and hesitant to build real relationships in real life. In such circumstances, online dating provides a substitute for such relationships as such participants can engage virtually, psychologically, and emotionally in a romantic experience. The consequences of online dating in everyday life are, more often than not, unfavorable for the participants.