Commentary Culture Old-fashioned dating behaviors we sort of miss Never gonna fall for modern love. But every now and then, we long for the quaint ways we used to date before Google and smartphones. These days, you can see your crush's face in real time on the other side of the globe via FaceTime. You can flick through thousands of photos to pick your next date on Tinder. And you can google photos of that guy your roommate wants to set you up with -- and in some cases, search databases to see if he has DUIs or parking tickets.
Yet for all the new dating behavior modern technology has made possible , there are others it has killed off and sent to dating heaven. Here, we get nostalgic about six of them. Calling and hanging up Back in the day, shy Romeos and Juliets could call the objects of their affection just to hear their voices -- or the voices on their answering machines -- for one glorious moment.
Now, the sneaky Missed Calls function gives you away. Plus, you always risk the chance your crush will wonder why the heck you're not texting or gasp actually answering. Sweet, sweet self-denial The reverse curse of the Missed Calls function: It completely ruins that hopeful state of denial.
Before answering machines, we'd stay home in hopes a certain person would call think Dorothy Parker's timeless " A Telephone Call. No, it definitely did. Getting to know you, getting to know all about you Back in the day, you generally had to spend time personally interacting with someone to stumble upon the fact they had memorized " Monty Python and the Holy Grail " or seen David Bowie in concert five times.
Now, you can stalk your crush on Facebook to discover all those endearing little details. That may backfire, though, if you accidentally like one of their photos from three years ago.
Kodachrome, give us those nice bright colors Photo albums made of cardboard and paper -- remember those? Snapping dances or date pics; waiting to finish up a roll and eagerly anticipating seeing the developed pictures; carefully arranging them in an actual, paper album, no filter, no Photoshop.
Today, taking and sharing pictures is quick and easy, but there's something undeniably special about those faded paper photographs and meticulously assembled albums with scribbled handwritten notes on the back of each picture.
Will anyone in sit and carefully click through grandma's online wedding photos? Music hath charms Back in the day, everybody was a DJ, and there was a special art to designing just the right cassette mix tape for a sweetheart. But they'll never carry that gawky charm of hearing the last few seconds of a DJ blabbing right up to the beginning of the song you were taping off the radio.
Blissful forgetting "Thank God I made all my youthful mistakes before the internet was here to forever remind me of them," says a meme that occasionally shows up on Facebook.
It's funny because it's true. Click for more coverage. That horrible breakup in , where it turned out he'd been cheating with your best friend the whole time -- it's just a sore spot somewhere in your memory now. But had that same breakup happened in , it might live on forever in stupid Facebook posts, huggy Instagram images and undeleted tweets or Vines.
Even if you were able to delete all of the digital evidence, hundreds of your friends, co-workers and second-cousins-twice-removed have already shared in the good, the bad and the ugly of your relationship. So raise a toast to the life we lived before it was documented.
And remember, it's OK to keep your personal life personal, no matter what everyone else does. A crowdsourced science fiction novel written by CNET readers. The CNET team shares experiences that remind us why tech stuff is cool.