Love & Technology


People used to wait for the ... aunt from Chicago to find a match. Later things became easier: a Saturday visit to the neighborhood disco was enough and everything - usually - was arranged. Today, due to the crisis, all that is needed is an Internet connection - the tool used by millions of people around the world to find their match. You owned the Internet ... ADSL, as Sophocles might have written if Antigone had lived in the age of broadband.


 And on the Internet, of course, things are evolving: In the beginning, would-be lovers would go out in the chatrooms and talk to strangers in the hope that someone would bite. The only selection criterion was the user's nickname, with the result that unpleasant surprises are on the agenda. Later came facebook and whoever did not want a pig in the sack would hack users' profiles and send a private message to anyone who looked attractive. But even this process was problematic: most did not respond, and there was always the possibility that the user had posted a fake photo.

And then came the algorithms: Nowadays thousands of online dating sites promise to find you the perfect partner with minimal clicks. All you have to do is enter your details into a database, describe exactly what you are looking for, and let the software tell you the other half. Does that sound ridiculous to you? And yet. Hundreds of thousands of Greeks have created profiles on websites that operate as ... high-tech provocateurs.

"It's the best way to make a successful date without wasting time and with results" we read on one of these sites, which advertise themselves with confidence! According to a recent survey by the Society for the Study of Human Sexuality, more than six out of ten Greeks use the Internet to make love acquaintances. In fact, 43% of respondents said that their effort paid off, as their online acquaintance ended in a relationship. But how did the Greeks, who are supposedly famous for their eroticism, end up depending on the Internet to find a sexual partner? THE EXPLANATIν υπηρεσία της Google μεταφράζει άμεσα λέξεις, φράσεις και ιστοσελίδες μεταξύ Αγγλικών και περισσότερων από 100 άλλων γλωσσών.

"These sites are based on meeting expectations. They provide not only the expectation of sex but something much more important and much more difficult: the expectation of the relationship. And in fact in real life, on a level experienced as a physical experience and not just as communication on the Internet "says Dionysis Panos, lecturer at the Department of Communication and Internet Studies of the Cyprus University of Technology, to" NEA ". Dating sites promise their visitors that they will give them the romantic happiness and companionship that they can not find alone in life. Truth or fairy tales?

The Internet is full of comments and criticisms from users who bury online "conspiracy theories", denouncing cases of people creating fake profiles or even scammers looking for victims to snatch money from them. But there are several examples of people who have found their match through these sites.

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