As I sit at my favorite joint, enjoying my Irish Coffee, I watch hordes of men and women sitting together, but far apart from one another, engrossed in their tablets, smartphones and iPads. We do not need a survey to prove that we now spend more time online than we do with our close ones.
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The free social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp have given people a new way to connect with old flames or ‘casually’ meet someone new. Be it your high school crushes, college sweethearts or former lovers – all are easily found on the social media with one click. Many individuals use these sites merely to flirt or window shop, not deeming that it can lead to something more intimate. However, the conversations gradually become intense, and even flirty, particularly if intimacy was once shared in the past. Journalist and a regular contributor to Bonobology, Lekha Menon, wonders if WhatsApp, Messenger, Twitter, etc. were not free, would we still talk, connect, fight, argue or flirt so much?