DEPT: The Market
ISSUE: Summer 2013
“IN HONOR OF AUDREY’S 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY, OUR OH-SO UNSCIENTIFIC LOOK AT DATING IN 2003 VERSUS 2013. “
Among Audrey staff, daily conversations about life always serve as fodder for future story ideas. One of the hot topics at work: dating. While we always commiserate in the universal struggles of dating, our personal experiences of how we dated are very different, depending on the decade. An obvious difference: technology.
Today, online dating provides more opportunities to meet singles in and out of your area, but it’s also changed the experience of getting to know someone for the first time. Most likely, you’ve already screened them beforehand so you know all sorts of things about them (favorite movies, quirky hobbies). Texting and IM’ing have replaced the good old-fashioned phone call, and a girl could feel really close to a guy just because they texted throughout the day about minutia, without actually having heard a single word.
But it’s not just technology; the economic times are different in 2013 than they were in 2003. The economy is sluggish, the post-graduate job hunt is much more difficult, and 20- somethings find themselves moving back in with their parents after college. Dating takes money, and right now, there’s not a lot of it to go around.
With that said, we share our own personal list of trials and tribulations of dating in 2003 versus 2013.