Lavalife Uncovers the Secret to Successful Modern Relationships: Technology

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    Leading online dating site offers vows for boosting your bond: the
    electronic "I dos and don'ts"  for keeping your connection secure




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TORONTO, April 6, 2011 /CNW/ -- In today's busy world, people will do anything to save a minute in the day. They substitute a phone call with an email, swap a face-to-face conversation for a text, even instant-message Mom. In an era where technology is king, it has become the go-to tool for finding a relationship and communicating with mates and loved ones. But techies beware: relying too much on technology can send mixed signals and even sabotage intimacy.

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"In the beginning, everything is great. For those who love technology, there is no better place to find a relationship than online," explains Kim Hughes, Singles and Dating Expert for Lavalife. "And to prove that this is the best place for techies to find love, Lavalife is offering a lowered subscription rate. If you sign up for six-months, you pay only $9.99 per month."

According to a recent BBC World poll that surveyed internet users in 19 countries, 1-in-3 are looking for romance online. Once a relationship is formed with a friend or a lover, technology then takes over as the leading method of communication.

"We've reached a point where we can't live without water, food, air and some sort of handheld device," laughs Hughes. "The key is making sure that technology is one method of expression and not the only means of communication."

With this in mind, Lavalife, the expert in building relationships through technology, introduces 10 vows for sustaining your relationship electronically:

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    Technology "I Dos"
    --  Use an online dating website like Lavalife.com to find love. It allows
        you to search for other singles, be specific about what you are
looking
        for and find a date on your own schedule.

    --  Use email or E-letter writing to express yourself. Some of us are not
        as good with words and tend to get tongue-tied, saying the wrong thing
        at the wrong time. If you have something important to say to your mate
        or loved one and can't express it verbally, write it down in an email
        or letter and then discuss their response or reaction in person.

    --  Send brief text messages just to let your mate or friends know that
you
        are thinking of them. It's a quick and easy way to make someone feel
        good.

    --  Do use Skype, email, text messaging and any form of technology to keep
        a long-distance relationship alive. Since you are missing the
in-person
        connection, relying on technology will help keep the bond.

    --  Use technology to keep people updated on what you are doing. Update
        your Facebook status and page with pictures from your latest
adventure.
        Send a quick text to a colleague if you are running late. Email your
        travel schedule to your family before a trip.


    Technology "I Don'ts"
    --  Don't put it in print. Couples argue via email or text message at
their
        peril. Not only do they lose the human interaction which can help to
        solve the problem but they are putting all of their angry or negative
        feelings into print - allowing them to be revisited and brought up
over
        and over again.

    --  Your smartphone should never be the third wheel on your date. Nobody
is
        so important that they cannot sit through a date or dinner with
friends
        without checking their phone. Try leaving your phone in your pocket or
        purse until the end of the evening. You may be surprised at how good
it
        feels to focus on the company you are with.

    --  Save some for the imagination. Oftentimes couples who text each other
        too frequently throughout the day are left with nothing to talk about
        when they return home to each other in the evening. Use texting as a
        teaser for more details to come.

    --  Sending a text after a first date is a wimpy way out. Guys and girls
        who text immediately after a date send mixed signals. For some it is a
        quick way to write off a bad date without guilt; for others it is a
way
        to keep the person hanging on, just in case you want to see them
again.
        Either way - it leaves things unclear, which can be messy.

    --  Don't dial, email or update when drunk. This goes for sending a work
        email after too many cocktails, updating your Facebook status or
        texting potential lovers. A drunken email or text message never
        captures exactly what you mean and like all technology, once it's out
        there, you can't take it back.


    For more information or to join for free, visit www.lavalife.com





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SOURCE Lavalife

For further information: Ann Jonas, +1-917-420-0390, press@lavalife.com Web Site: http://www.lavalife.com

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