Even before the Web, love's course never did run smooth

  • Article by: FRANK BRUNI , New York Times
  • Updated: January 29, 2013 - 7:24 PM
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owatonnabillJan. 29, 13 7:21 PM

Granddaughter made an exceedingly astute observation, for one so young, not long ago. In essence, she said that the reason people her age (late teens, early 20's) have such problems interacting on a personal level is that with all the electronic media, they just never get the practice. Texting, webcams, etc. just doesn't measure up as a way of communicating when one realizes that 90% of so of communication is really NONverbal. And when one takes into account the "instant true love" websites that promise (for a fee) a fully-researched, fully guaranteed, 24-carat soulmate--well, young people today are at a decided disadvantage. Anything permanent, relationship-wise, is a work in progress. Oh, you can line up a sweaty night or two with a few mouse clicks or some lines of text, but anything smacking of "love"? Don't be an idiot! You can ridicule the lads in the next village or the livestock Joe Suitor might have, but it worked. It was real. Too much today just isn't.

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sarahanneJan. 30, 1312:22 AM

This article is right on. So often people seem to remember a golden era that never existed where everything was perfect. People have always been flawed and always will be. They will just do it in different ways.

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hughakstonJan. 30, 13 8:38 AM

In those old days it was the guy with the most cows and the most land that got to marry the prettiest and fairest girls.

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hughakstonJan. 30, 13 8:39 AM

In those old days it was the guy with the most cows and the most land that got to marry the prettiest and fairest girls. That's still true today.

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davehougJan. 30, 1312:25 PM

QUALITY is worth waiting for. Anyone can have a date if they lower their standards enough. Is your goal a date or a someone you'd want to be with for the rest of your life thru better or worse.

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