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Love, Sex, Loneliness, Dating Apps, and Haikus

Paul is an Engineer. A graduate from a Catholic University. A rebel and a romantic...

Technology and the Heart

Tinder...We Chat..Skout...and others are apps developed to help people meet potential partners. Yes! Technology made it easier for people to hook up these days. Before you really have to put your best foot forward when you try to get close with someone you like. Now, it's all about uploading your best photos and using the right hashtag for you to get noticed.

Before people check you out because they like you, they want to have a relationship with you, and eventually marry you and start a family. Sadly now, people often check out who's likely to go to bed with them tonight.

Technology did bring people closer together but it made people lonelier as well. When the one night stand is over, do we still feel guilt or shame or do we just log in to our dating app account and look for another partner?

Years from now, will the orginal design of love still be in our hearts or we will still blindly hope that each hook up will lead to true love?

Haikus below talks about that...



What to wear today?
Should I go for birthday suit?
If that won't be lewd.


The perfect selfie
Waiting to be uploaded
Hello dating app!


Sitting on a bus
I don't know where I'm going
But I paid my fare....


The cat is purring...
Hidden in the alley...waiting.
Her heart is yearning.


Here I am stranger...
We are zero feet apart...
So what happens now?


Don't talk about love!
We are just here to drink beer...
No rose hidden here.


The heat of the air...
The borrowed light of the moon....
Makes our bodies wet


Alone in my bed...
A day after valentines....
Sober and broken.

© 2019 Paul Balagtas


PoetikalyAnointed on April 02, 2019:

You're welcome and I have no doubt about ungodly intentions! They connect us with all of these gadgets, just to disconnect us to the reality of our humanity. It gives us the audacity to break up with folks online or in a text. It allows us to detach and digress from evolution-the evolution of being our better selves!

Paul Balagtas (author) from Philippines on April 02, 2019:

Thanks PoetikalyAnointed. You raised an interesting point as well, about the hidden agenda of these developers. The growth of these apps in the recent years are notable, maybe there is just something ungodly behind it.

PoetikalyAnointed on April 01, 2019:

Excellent points and Haiku, Paul!

I think most if not all of these Apps, Websites, Communicative Devices were really conceived and developed for us to do and be what we are today, Fake and Lonely, Numb, Hollow-maybe even turned out! The developers and advertisement companies push for one agenda for the masses and keep the hidden truth for us to find out on our own.

Before technology made it easier to connect with others, it also made us lazy to really tend to important relationships. We became more about self and less about everybody else in the long run, at the cost of humanity.

I think it's all about balancing technology with old school.

Nice Hub!

Paul Balagtas (author) from Philippines on April 01, 2019:

Thank you Jodah. Things really changed so fast in the past 20 years. In 1999, text messaging changed how communicating is done....years later anyone can live stream him/herself. And the way relationships are valued changed as well. I wonder how things will futher change 10 years from now? Maybe there will be an app or drug that will satisfy our emotional needs.... :(

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on April 01, 2019:

You raise some important questions here Paul. Dating apps, websites and chat rooms seem to be becoming more and more popular. In one way they are positive as they are making it easier for the only to “meet” people and probably easier to get to know someone before actually meeting them. However, they also make it easier for people to lie about themselves and take the focus away from physical interaction thought hat may be the ultimate goal. Maybe, as you say some just use it to arrange a string of one night stands without any intention of finding real love. I liked your poem.

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