Valentine's Day Highlights Evolution to Digital Dating

By Lindsay Clein

Published 02/14 2014 05:35PM

Updated 02/14 2014 06:55PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Valentine's Day is here, which means expectations could be running high. And, let's face it, the way people date these days is much different than 10, 20 even 30 years ago.

These days you're more likely to get a valentine in your online inbox rather than your actual mailbox.

With dating websites like and smart phone apps like Tinder, dating just isn't what it used to be.

Younger generations are relying less on a phone call and more on the virtual dating world.

"It used to be you would call someone and talk for hours and hours and now it’s about texting each other or messaging on social media or different dating apps out there,” says Dr. Kristina Brown, a marriage and family therapist. “So it’s really made it more of a virtual dating world before you see someone in person for the first time."

Though some say chivalry in dating is dead, Brown suggests the way we date has just evolved.

"In a way we have to accept that this is the new way we meet each other,” says Brown. “You go online instead of necessarily going to the bar or a dance or an event to meet someone."

Whether you plan on meeting someone online or in person this Valentine's Day, the main thing to keep in mind is safety.

If you do choose the virtual dating route, Brown recommends always making sure you tell someone where you'll be and when you're going.

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