Five years ago, I was sitting next to a couple I’d just met at a friend’s dinner party in Brooklyn.They were the type of adorable couple that makes you want to puke, holding hands underneath the table and finishing each other’s sentences.Thinking that this match must have been made in heaven, I asked, “So, where’d you guys meet?
Without looking at his girlfriend, the guy mumbled, “Um, the local bar? I forgot about the exchange until a week later, when a mutual friend and I got to talking about the lovey-dovey couple. Fast forward to 2015, and no one is ashamed to admit they met on the Internet.
There’s no longer a stigma attached to using technology to find that special someone, and thanks to the rise of Tinder in 2014, everyone is wearing out their thumbs swiping left and right.
But what does the future of online dating hold for us?
For a generation that came of age in AOL chat rooms, the idea of incorporating technology into our sex and dating lives doesn’t seem that crazy.
In fact, a 2014 Pew Research Center report predicted that we’ll have fully functional robot lovers by 2025.
Thanks to the information that humans put into the system, the bots could start learning about the wide range of human emotion, action, and sexuality, making them virtually indistinguishable from the “real” people on the sites.
Seth says that artificially intelligent sex partners will completely change not just how we interact with technology, but also how we interact with other human beings.
“A girl’s with a guy because he’s really good in bed or has a big dick or whatever, but she puts up with a lot of crap like him just being lazy on her couch and making her pay for everything,” Seth says, positing a hypothetical scenario.
Plenty of us can remember “cybering” as teens, most of us have sexted explicit photos to a lover, and experimenting via webcam has helped numerous long-distance relationships last way past their expiration dates.
Some of us—and I bet the number is higher than you’d think—have already had sexual relationships that existed solely online, without meeting our partners in person.
Because we are, as Emily Witt recently coined in a post on Medium, becoming “Internet sexual,” how long will it be until we start taking human beings completely out of the picture?