Scientists Reveal 9 Ways Dating and Relationships May Look in the Future
Have you ever watched a sci-fi movie and wondered if any of the technologies from it could become a part of our everyday life? We believe that gadgets and advanced technologies will make our life easier, and they already do in some ways. Today we can have digital products that were just a dream 10 years ago. They help us stay in touch with school friends and send instant messages to our love partners.
We at Bright Side decided to find out how technologies can influence and change the future of our relationships with people, and so we created a list of 9 ways dating might look in the future.
1. Devices for augmented reality
Imagine yourself talking to a girl you like. Everything is fine, but all of a sudden she throws a provocation at you, a conversation "curveball!" Sounds familiar? Yeah, girls do this all the time to test men's reactions. She’s waiting for an answer that will decide their future. We all want little hints that will help us make any conversation smooth.
Google, Apple, and other companies are currently working on developing devices that will bring augmented reality to our life. We will be able to use glasses, contact lenses, or even a brain-machine interface by the year 2040. Different devices will totally change the way we interact and build relationships.
2. Remote kissing
Are you on a business trip and really miss your beloved? Now you can kiss them anytime you want. Well, as long as you don’t mind kissing an eyeless Mr. Potato Head. This is real. A special device was developed by researchers to simulate kissing your long-distance lover. It has special pressure sensors and actuators, so the feeling will be almost real. It's only a prototype, but experts say that in the future people will be able to buy special devices not only for kissing but for an intimate stimulation as well.
3. Full sensory virtual dating
Today's researchers are exploring the possibilities of full sensory virtual reality dating in the future. No need to leave your home or even your bed to go on a date. This means that we will be able to digitally simulate our feelings and emotions and transmit them via special VR devices. These developments will save single people time and energy and help find like-minded people in the most efficient way possible. It may sound weird at first, but people from the 19th century would consider our modern dating routine weird as well.
4. Cosplay dating
The huge popularity of modern cosplay will determine the growth of role-playing in relationships. To break out of their ordinary life, people attend cosplay parties and become members of cosplay communities. Only there can they become someone they're not in the real world. So if you're a Superman, who would you want to date: Lois Lane or a cute girl from a coffee house? The answer is simple.
A group of programmers has developed a website that is based on pairing people by their interests and the preferable universes they want to live in. The system pairs people by their levels of "geekdom," along with other factors on their profiles. In the future, cosplay role-playing will become even more diverse than it is now.
5. Computer-generated dating
Today you can find all kinds of online dating services on the internet. All you need to do is fill in a form and start looking for a potential candidate. The procedure isn't difficult, but it isn't too personal either. In the near future, special programs will analyze your preferences, photos on social media, and even the people you interact with to create a list of perfect candidates for you. This will make the whole process less tiring and more personalized, taking matchmaking to a whole new level. Some experts even predict that 50% of relationships will start online. Can you believe it?
6. Rent-a-family service
This one will surprise you, but this scenario of the future is already real in Japan. Single men in Japan can rent a wife or a whole family for a certain period of time. You can even rent a friend. Despite the sky-high prices for such services, most of the "families" are already booked. Single men do this to experience something new, like playing with "kids" in a park or going shopping with a "wife," and to feel less lonely.
We can only imagine how this service will grow in the future. Different agencies will provide single people with friends, relatives, and wives to portray a perfect life for them. You might even be able to subscribe to the best offers of the year or month.
7. DNA and microbial matchmaking
In the future, medicine will take an important place in family and relationship planning. Not only will people be able to choose different donors from a sperm bank, they will also have full access to the medical history records of a certain person. If you're going on a regular date, you'll be able to see if your partner has been diagnosed with a specific disease.
Medical experts might help you find your perfect match with the help of a thorough DNA analysis. You can do it in advance, which is weirdly convenient. It may be considered a violation of human rights today, but who wouldn't want a child with perfectly combined genes in the future?
8. Siri as a dating surrogate
The movie Her perfectly illustrates how the near future might look if intelligent operating systems or even our little helper Siri could fulfill our every wish. People will use them as a dating surrogate or simply as a friend who knows all their needs, preferences, and can be there at any given moment. With all the points mentioned above, this one could happen very soon. Some people are single for a reason: it might be health problems, disability, lack of confidence, or simply fear, and an intelligent operating system will be great company for them. It can even help them build a future relationship with a real person.
9. Life with silicone dolls and robots
There are a lot of single men who are disappointed in their love life and refuse to cope with breakup drama over and over again. They prefer to hide in an imaginary world and live with a lifelike silicone doll. It's a common practice in Japan. While we have all heard about it, a life with robots is something from a sci-fi book.
Experts say that in less than 50 years, people will fall in love and live with robots. Besides, the first robot with feelings was recently created and launched. It means that this type of future isn't far off. Some even predict that the majority of single people will prefer a robot partner to a real one. On the other hand, we can easily fall in love with a fictional character or a famous person we don't even know, so it doesn't seem so odd to feel the same toward robots.
The rapid development of different technologies creates a very alluring picture of our future life and especially our relationships. Which of the life aspects mentioned above would you want to apply to your love life? Share your opinion with us in the comments.