With social media, ever present, in all of our lives these days, it's easy to forget our manners. We speak in status updates, and end relationships in 160 characters or less. For the record, we do not endorse breaking up over text message. Dating is a personal, hands-on experience, yet sometimes technology can make us forget that. We can see what everyone we know is doing, eating, reading, listening to, etc, without needing to ask, something we could never do just a short time ago. It tends to give a false sense of intimacy. We come to think we know this person well, just because we read their tweets or stalked their Facebook wall. You can slow down and get to know them, or you can meticulously scour their status updates and develop this imaginary attachment. Hopefully most of you prefer the former to the latter. Obviously, social media and technology are here to stay; you cannot eschew these forms of communication. Rather, you should follow some basic dos and don’ts in order to integrate them into your dating life. After all, dating has been made easier by technology, connecting us more than in the past. So, whether you met online or at the local bar, text messaging, Twitter, Facebook, and email will likely play a large role in your relationships. That being said, it shouldn't replace a real courtship.