Substituting Tech for Relationships
The Internet and apps have solidified their place as big players in the dating world. Texting, Snapchatting, Gchatting, and various other kinds of remote communication can be an entertaining and treasured part of relationships. There is nothing wrong with finding love online or using devices for intimate interactions, but there are limits. "It is not, ever, an adequate substitute in terms of what we, as human beings, need," says Hilarie Cash, Co-founder and Co-CEO of the reSTART Internet Addiction Treatment Program and co-author of Video Games and Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control. It is a difficult phenomenon to explain, but human beings get something — something that appears to be almost vital — out of face-to-face interaction that they don't from remote forms of communication.