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This Valentine’s Day, Considering Tech That Keeps Couples Together

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? For Valentine’s Day, Daniel Jones, who edits the Modern Love column for The Times, discussed the tech he’s using.

As the editor of Modern Love, you are constantly reading stories about people’s relationships, including submissions that never make it to publication. With that bird’s-eye view, how do you think tech has transformed relationships?

In looking for love, tech gives us access, protection and the power of curation. Meaning we can shop for love from the safety of our homes while presenting only the best parts of ourselves to potential mates. So much control! How could anything go wrong? But actually, as with so much of tech, it’s mostly the illusion of control. Because we can’t really choose anyone even if it seems that we can. We can’t protect our hearts with the glass of our phones. And we can’t keep a potential mate from discovering who we truly are; we just increase the odds of their ultimately being disappointed by keeping them hooked to our “best” self.

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