Sociologist Surprisingly Cool With You Dating Your Phone

"I fight with it sometimes, but we make up, and I know it will always have my back.”

OTP. (Photo: Apple)

OTP. (Photo: Apple)

If you don’t have a lot of things going for you, it’s always easy to take solace in the fact that your phone is just a stretch away. Genevieve Bell, a sociologist for Intel, said those feelings of passion toward inanimate objects are only growing stronger and could eventually lead to a “real relationship.” Start thinking of anniversary gifts now! A diamond-encrusted case, maybe?

Ms. Bell points to rapid growth of personalized features that are installed on smartphones, such as always-on voice activation, that’s making us fall in love with our little friends. Voice activation gives the impression to a phone’s owner that it’s listening, which might be a stark contrast to our significant others, who are also whispering sweet sweet nothings to their phones. It doesn’t matter if our phones can barely make out what the hell we’re saying; the point, Ms. Bell says, is that they’re listening.

Adding more ammunition to the notion that IRL dating is going to become outdated, services like Netflix and Amazon are improving their predicative technology to gauge what you’re in the mood for. “They are pointing the way to something more interesting,” she said to AllThingsD.

If that doesn’t yet paint a picture of our doomed future, this might do it. A totally normal, well-adjusted person once described their relationship with their phone to Ms. Bell like this: “I fight with it sometimes, but we make up, and I know it will always have my back.”

I think we just got doxxed.

Sociologist Surprisingly Cool With You Dating Your Phone