Exeter, Devon UK • Feb 27, 2024 • VOL XII

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Online Valentine’s Day

Josie Sharp explores innovative online tools to promote online love, post Valentine's Day.
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Online Valentine’s Day

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Josie Sharp explores innovative online tools to promote online love, post Valentine’s Day.

Technology is an integral part of our lives in a modern lifestyle, so why not use it to help our love lives? This Valentine’s Day we have moved past the simple use of Tinder or Bumble and now have started to use AI to help us say the things we feel but can’t find the words for.

Chat GPT, an AI program has started to offer advice as dating coaches, writing letters and even poems for socially awkward people. As a dating coach, you enter your interests into a form and then the program creates a bio for online dating profiles that will hopefully attract a partner.

However, love technologies aren’t solely aimed at single people, but those in relationships too. Spotify allows you to make blends with people, creating a playlist with a mix of your music tastes to enjoy together! The recent “Open a Session” feature allows people to listen to the same music simultaneously. This feature is perfect for long-distance couples or those who simply wish to feel connected to their partner even when they are apart. And of course, creating Spotify playlists for your partner is the new version of making a mixtape, it’s a relationship classic!

Creating Spotify playlists for your partner is the new version of making a mixtape, it’s a relationship classic!

The Chrome browser add-on “Teleparty” became very popular during Coronavirus lockdowns, where no one could see their loved ones. The simple and laid-back act of watching a movie together was taken from us, so Teleparty became a great way to recreate it online. The add-on allowed multiple people to watch a movie at the same time in digital rooms and had a chat where you could talk, sharing your thoughts on the movie. Of course, this was used in platonic relationships too, it gave us all an opportunity to feel connected during times of isolation. Now since we have returned to a sense of normality, it is used less but remains a highly popular date idea for long-distance couples.

Thanks to technology, long-distance relationships are not as difficult as they have been before. Many students in their year abroad or year in the industry have managed to stay in their relationships by using innovative technology like these to keep their relationships alive despite not being with their partners for extended periods. AI programs cannot truly reciprocate the feelings that we have but they are great for creating ideas to show romance towards your partner when apart.

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