Are we objectifying people more and quickly discarded? A question asked by Sherry Turkle as she studies our relationship with technology and reliance on technology, and how it changes our behaviour.

Bruce Sterling’s literature about how the information economy is used to the topic of interest for my FMP. There’s an issue with the deliverance of the archived digital data. How will it be communicated to the uncertain future? Digital content cannot last forever so we need to explore the relationship between the real world and the virtual (Justin Kemp).



  • How do we archive the online dating culture and communicate to the future about this modern way of socialization?
  • Dating apps give great detail about your preferences in people(as an object). How can this information be used?
    • How are we marketing ourselves online?

Paradox of choice: How has dating apps normalized the hook up culture? Are we returning to a polygamous norm in the future where commitment becomes taboo?

Gender roles: are dating apps shifting a power in genders online and in society?

Living spaces: Is the online space of dating changing the offline spaces where people used to socialize? Generation of living alone vs. communal living. (Why connecting online makes us lonely “our networked life allows us to hide from each other, even as we are tethered to each other.” -Sherry Turkle

  • Future generation: In the generation born with digital communication, is sociability changing for them? Is it a developmental problem for young generation that can’t communicate face to face?

Why are modern relationships based on quick and risk adverse models from digital apps?

How to transfer an online relationship to the offline world?

Why humans should look to a future of solitary living and polygamous relationships online.


Field of study:

Sociology, anthropology, education,

gender studies (how do women and men act differently online?


Generations grown up with social media digital communication.

People who are designing social applications and products.

People who live in a metropolitan environment feeling lonely because of solitary living.



The future generation will not know how to have face to face interactions and become socially awkward.

Loneliness will become a way of life in a solitary living world where people will have polygamous relationships online that involves brief commitment. Offline places of meeting will be used for other purposes rather than courtship. Co-living spaces

The information gathered from dating apps can be used to objectify people.

Why this is important:

Reproduction is the nature of humankind. How relationships have been changed by online dating will be vital for the future to understand how the next generation has been created. For example, there may be a decline in reproduction or traditional families due to the way people are interacting and finding relationships. Therefore, it is important to archive how this came about by archiving the online digital dating information. This information being archived is important to be analyzed as this information could be used to sway or categorize humans.

The digital dating apps of today may change the way humans live in the future and the habits or laws of attraction. Which in turn, is important to the continuation of mankind in reproduction and living.

The next generation will grow up with sociable apps and when they enter into an adolescence, they will encounter sociable dating apps. How will sociable dating apps change their behaviour in building love relationships? (in relationship to IOT and sociable robots-Sherry Turkle)