Photo of two cell phones each with half of the same heart on it, used for a StarTalk All-Stars episode about whether technology is changing love. Credit: RyanKing999/iStock.
Photo of two cell phones each with half of the same heart on it, used for a StarTalk All-Stars episode about whether technology is changing love. Credit: RyanKing999/iStock.

“Is Technology Changing Love?” with Helen Fisher

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On this episode of StarTalk All-Stars, we’re spreading the love. Our love doctor, biological anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher, is back alongside comic co-host Chuck Nice to answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries and discuss how technology is changing love. You’ll hear about the potential rise in stable marriages and the societal extension of the “pre-commitment” stage – the stage where people get to know each other before marriage. Find out about animal love and their courtship rituals in comparison to humans. Discover more about dating apps and the prevalence of social media in modern relationships. We ponder if technology is adding to the “cognitive overload” or “paradox of choice.” You’ll also hear Helen and Chuck’s thoughts on using emojis as a conduit for self-expression. Explore whether our society is shifting towards a matrilineal structure. All that, plus, we get details on paid dating apps vs. free ones, Helen explains why we may be able to change courtship behavior but we won’t change the way we’re hardwired to love, and you’ll learn how technology has influenced our search for “the one.”

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