“I had this guy leave me a voicemail at work, so I called him at home, and then he emailed me to my BlackBerry, and so I texted to his cell, and now you just have to go around checking all these different portals just to get rejected by seven different technologies.
“It’s exhausting,” lamented Drew Barrymore’s character Mary in the 2009 romantic comedy “He’s Just Not That Into You.”
Exhausting is right — technology has completely changed the dating scene as we know it. The old unwritten rules like the “three-day post-date no call rule” have been washed away with the rise in texting, Facebook messaging, Skyping and more. While these communication tools have risen in popularity, the rules that once governed the world of dating have not caught up.
We all know that constant communication gives off a clingy vibe, while absolutely no contact after a special date can be disappointing.
We also know that we need to unplug from time to time. Too much reliance on these communication tools can also kill a relationship, as CatholicMatch blogger Maria Wiering also wrote about.
So how much is too much? What rules do you set for yourself when starting a new relationship? Texting, emailing and social networking is always there, but how do you decide where to draw the line? Is there a magic formula for how much texting and calling is acceptable in a relationship?