Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Social Media Leads to Sex

Today in statements of the obvious: Matt Lauer is casually hot. It's snowing in NYC, oh and social media leads to sex. I love the following quote from the Men's Fitness study released this week: "Nearly four out of five women and three out of five men say they believe texting, Facebook and other social networking tools cause couples to jump into bed faster." It kind of reminds me of the awesome video of Brian Williams making fun of the New York Times story Discovering Brooklyn "Open air markets like Chippewa posts. Young men and women wearing ironic glasses. Artisinal cheeses for sale...on the street!"

The idea that technology gets you laid certainly isn't breaking news for the techromance audience. Technology moves at lightning speed, putting the world (of dating) at our fingertips and giving suitors a more efficient means of getting ROI on their efforts. Just think of the effort it takes to call someone and set up a date -- getting up the balls, figuring out what you are going to say, doing it, then following through on the plan. Or you can group text 3 people you are "talking to" simultaneously and see who's up for a night cap at your place after you've combed through the bar for potential prospects and landed on nada after seeing them with the ugly lights on. Please note: Nada is NOT a hot exchange student.

That being said there are some "findings" in the study that are paricularly amusing -- see my notes alongside of them in red.

1. Texting is the No. 1 way lovers stay in touch, the survey found, with men texting 39 per cent more often than phoning and women 150 per cent more. (Women somehow think that by texting they are adhereing to the age old rule that they shouldn't call a guy...newsflash ladies, texting is the new calling)

2. Even before the magic begins, 70 per cent of women and 63 per cent of men use Google and other online tools to screen potential dates. (Males are inferior to females because there is a higher percentage that cannot work the internet)

3. Once the relationship clicks, 72 per cent of women report scouring a current partner’s ex-girlfriends’ Facebook pages. (Scouring should be replaced with saving the image to her desktop and circulating it to her friends on email and asking "is she hotter than me?")

That's all folks. I know it's technically TechBromance month but I just couldn't shut up about this one.


  1. Hahahaha this is SOOOO True! Love it!

  2. Ashley Rae, love your pic and thanks for the comment! I feel like Men's Fitness is so 2009...

  3. Wow, 70% of females google a guy before going out with him? that seems a bit untrustworthy. Whatever happened to finding out about someone by...what's it called...TALKING to them?

    What would women do without google? Here's the answer:

  4. WWWDWG (what would we do without google) is the new WWJD. A fair and timely question Joe!

    All kidding aside though, I think not googling someone before a date is like not researching a company before an interview.

  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE this :) Very funny. Chelsea Handler talked about it last night saying,

    "Women have been porking guys on the first date for years, well before any of us got a text message or a stupid Facebook page. The only thing this survey shows is that women are coming up with new excuses to be slutty, and I don't like it."


  6. How did I miss that last night? I must have conked out after back to back episodes of Gossip Girl and Kim & Kourtney Take New York!

    I think she is right, none of this behavior is new. But, I do think social media speeds up the cycle of how fast it all moves and multiplies our options and prospects. Mwah for your commentary!

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  9. Parker! So good to hear from one of my first readers. I agree, but I would say if I had to plot my # of calls vs # of texts from guys over the past 3yrs, the graph would look like US standardized test scores against a global market.