I'm no longer a part of the dating scene, but I remember what a pain in the butt it was. Sure, it's always fun to meet someone new and experience that first kiss (ahh, yes, the butterflies), but where do you meet those new people? If it isn't happening at church, school, or bars, then how do you connect with anyone these days? Just the other night I talked with a rather attractive single man who lives here in Wichita Falls and I would think he would easily be able to find a date. Alas, that's not the case. Dating just isn't getting any easier.

But then came Facebook! Twitter! Google! These are all tools that are helping people to connect. While some people squirm at the thought of meeting someone online, it is actually possible to meet someone special on the WWW. It may also lead to action sooner than before.

A recent study says this:

Nearly four out of five women and three of five men say they believe texting, Facebook and other social networking tools cause new couples to jump into bed faster, a survey released on Monday showed. Smart phones and laptops are the new toys that lead to the bedroom, it said, with nearly 80 percent of women and 58 percent of men saying social media tools leads to sex faster.

It goes on to say that texting is the number one way lovers are staying in touch, with people texting rather than phoning. It's more than just texting, though.

Even before the magic begins, 70 percent of women and 63 percent of men use Google and other online tools to screen potential dates. Once the relationship clicks, 72 percent of women report scouring a current partner's ex-girlfriends' Facebook pages.

Sure, it sounds creepy. Your girlfriend is checking out your ex and finding out what makes her tick or what made the two of you break up. But admit it, you've probably done the same thing. I would have to draw the line at answering a call or text while getting it on, though. 5 percent polled say they'd look to see who's calling. Um, no.

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