You don't, right? Perhaps you may not even remember messages that didn’t appear with the comforting blue ticks telling us that our loved ones had received and read our messages. Momentary times, evanescent memories.
Social networks have revolutionised our sentimental lives, they have made us feel new feelings that we didn't even think existed in nature.
The mortification of a message displayed and unanswered on Whatsapp is a brand new feeling that has a nuance of its own. Not to mention, the sense of abandonment, loneliness and isolation that a person feels when they post a photo and don’t receive a single like.
In fact, we have always done it, but before we couldn’t hide behind a screen, and it was much more difficult. Talking about yourself for hours, trying to be interesting, unravelling all the salient facts of our lives hoping to be as exciting as the sixth season of Game of Thrones. There are now additional initial steps. These are social networks.
So what happens next? Often, when the relationship starts, we display it for everyone to see online.
And online, the public and the private sector are confused. Putting a story under general scrutiny is not healthy. But it can feel like we need confirmation. We need to document all the steps in our lives.
Digital technology plays a very important role in the construction, maintenance and end of a love.
The era of simply calling someone is over.
Because a message is sent forever.
Finished relationships with exes have also changed. We see them in timelines, if they are no longer our friends, then they are still friends with our other friends and it feels like they are always there, present. Even if your privacy restrictions are strict, you can't do anything about it, at some point you'll find your ex in front of you. It's another kind of pain that did not exist before online social networks. And it wasn’t that long ago. There are several generations who compare themselves with social today, born in the 80's, still has fresh memories of waiting for a phone call in front of a real phone, and compared to digital natives it has as a short circuit with past experiences.
And apart from the perfect assortment of photos using the right filters, what is it that is needed to come right in these five photos? Your face, and if you have courage, your body.
You must be in shape. It's the social expectation of the internet that asks you for it.
Physical activity, for sure.
How much do you like?
Enter gender, age, weight and start moving.
The app records your activities and times, you can customize your profile with a photo and status ad hoc and you can add friends. Then there is a section called challenges, where you can organise a group race and challenge your acquaintances, or take part in the challenges already underway, such as a 5-10 kilometre marathons.
The wellness apps are almost endless (the Technogym one also sends you the summary email at the weekend), so there's no excuse not to keep on improving yourself. You might even find the love of your life by comparing the miles you raced on the treadmill or the weights you've managed to pull up. Everything could start with a small comment.
You've recorded the km you've raced and your speed, someone congratulates you, find out that that person's profile photo is actually quite nice.
You will work better. You will be the healthiest and best version of yourself.
Being ready to fall in love is hard.
You must be in shape, ready for everything, tireless and concentrated.
We've always been sexual creatures, but now we're equipped with a smartphone and an internet connection