Technology and Relationships

I've done a few series on technology and how it relates to some part of life like communication or even government.  Now the opportunity has arisen for me to take a look at relationships and technology.  I have been thinking about this idea for a while since there are a few bloggers who are in relationships, both close to home and long distance.  Some of you may be contacted by me asking you some questions regarding relationships as they relate to technology (don't worry, it won't be anything personal).  If you would like to volunteer for this, e-mail me through my GMail account or through Facebook.

I have not been in a relationship since first going online back in the late-1990s, so this is sort of a new experience for me.  So far, in my opinion, it's a lot less private these days because of the Internet and, more specifically, Facebook.  It felt strange for me to change my relationship status and have people comment on it and "like" it as if it was a movie or a book.  I'm not saying that this is detrimental to a relationship or that a "public" relationship won't work, I'm just not used to even this minor form of transparency yet.  There are a couple differences that I've noticed already about dating in the 21st century.  The first is phone calls, AlienGF and I have only spoken on the phone once, even though we have had some great conversations.  This all happened through IM or in person and we have also texted back and forth a few times during the course of a day.  The second difference is the level of informality in the beginning of the relationship.  This one could be subjective since we've known each other and have talked a lot over the past few months, but we do not have a first date and as of this writing we have not met each other's parents.

Perhaps I'm being too critical too soon, but then I wouldn't have a post to write.  I also wouldn't think to write the upcoming series, either.  This is simply the introduction of what I hope will be a fun and informative series.  I am looking for people who have experience with dating sites or even personal ads.  Wht not start at the beginning?  If you do not wish to be identified in the final post, let me know.