How Technology Changed the Dating Scene

It’s 2016. There’s no need for cliché openings – we all know how much technology has changed our lives. The truth is, there are a lot of people out there who can live without a partner for the rest of their lives, but only few who can survive an hour without their smartphones. So does technology help us build relationships, or does it replace human relationships with artificial ones?

Remember the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well, let me introduce you to Tinder, which is essentially an app that asks you to do the exact opposite of that – judge people based on their appearances. Tinder lets you see profiles of other male and female users in your area, where you get to see a few pictures and a short biodata. If you’re interested, you swipe right. If you’re not, you swipe left. The app then matches people that swiped right for each other and allows them to chat. The success of Tinder has simplified and intensified the hook-up culture that was already prominent in Western countries such as the USA. More widely used as a search tool for quick, no-strings-attached hook-ups rather than a platform to grow deep, meaningful relationships, Tinder portrays how superficial the world can be. The trend of online dating also brought forth another concern: The risk of being catfished. Being catfished is when you’re lured into a relationship with someone you know from social media, who are not who they claimed they are. As online dating becomes more ubiquitous, we see more and more cases of young men and women being catfished, eventually left with a broken heart.

Another app that has taken the world by storm is Snapchat, a texting app that allows you to send and share pictures that will only be available for a brief period of time. What has Snapchat got to do with the dating scene, you ask? Well, I believe two college students from University of Wisconsin-Madison can answer your question. Long story short – Girl confesses love for a hot stranger on the University’s Snapchat Story -> Guy sees it, asks girl out -> Girl misses invitation -> Whole campus freaks out and uses Snapchat to try and unite the two -> Girl finally meets guy. Now isn’t that just a wonderful modern love story? We don’t know if the relationship will eventually blossom into a long-term one, but it’s undeniable that in this case, technology is definitely the number 1 wingman! (For the whole story, read here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3568394/Two-students-University-Wisconsin-try-Snapchat-videos-school-goes-wild-egging-on.html )

Undoubtedly, technology has brought about large changes to the dating scene. As with other things in life, this has its pros and cons. Better connectivity brings people closer, but they are also driving people further apart. When you see a couple out on a date at a restaurant, what are the odds that one or both of them are engrossed in their phones rather than their partner? I’d say a good 90%. It’s worrying, and it can’t truly be solved, until we figure out which one we’d rather be in a relationship with – a real person, or our smartphones.

THE MALAYSIAN STYLE

Written by Wong Kit Yin, Nicole

With the burning hot weather in Malaysia, the Malaysian Style is the best way to depict Malaysia’s local street style fashion. From summer dresses to crop-tees, there is no better way to describe Chan Zilin’s style.

Introduced by a mutual friend of ours, Chan Zilin was the first person that came through her mind and I decided that she was the best selection to write Echo’s first article about fashion on campus.

Echo is proud to introduce the 18 year-old Sunway College female student, who is currently enrolling in Foundation in Arts. Not influenced by the programme she studies, she is a natural when it comes to styling herself for classes in college.

Amazed by the way she dresses herself, I was curious by the the real reason behind it. Driven by the hot weather in Malaysia, she said she did not appreciate wearing tops with sleeves and long pants as the weather is a concern for her.

Her style? She loves casual and summer street styles. Instead of wasting too much time thinking how to mix and match her clothes, she prefers wearing simple tee-shirts and crop tops with shorts.

When asked about her favourite brand when it comes to shopping new clothing, she enjoys shopping at H&M. The reason is that H&M has all sorts of clothes, selling at an affordable price.

Like everyone, who loves American and Korean street style fashion, Chan is  in love with Selena Gomez and Tiffany Hwang and hopes she could dress like them.

Her top three must-haves in her closet are her shorts, crop tops and tank tops. Because, well, living in Malaysia is kind of like living near an active volcano.

She also mentioned that she cannot live without her favourite black shorts.

When asked to choose between comfortability and prettiness, she chose clothes that are comfortably pretty. She would not buy if a top is comfortable, but not pretty, and vice versa because she doesn’t want to waste her money on something that makes her uncomfortable or insecure in any way as she is probably going to wear it for the whole day.

Check out here for more of Zilin’s everyday college look:

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