Brazos Valley 2020: Love Connection

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex (KBTX) - It used to make for great weekend TV. Chuck Woolery hosting the "Love Connection." The original dating show.

Now, we have our own personal "Love Connections" in the palm of our hands. Is swiping left and right the way of the future?

"I believe that there has to be a change in dynamic," says Adam Valenta, a senior at Texas A&M University. "There really has to be this force that comes in and changes the social norms of today."

Valenta is developing an app designed to get you off your screens in the social networking process.

"People are realizing that they need to get off their phones. That life is passing them by."

Some may feel that way, but for others, life can change in just one swipe.

"First date... The only date!" Courtney Norton remarked her first Tinder interaction that led to a face to face interaction, her husband of nearly nine months.

"[It was] the only tinder date. There were no horror stories, it's just him. I would've never met him if I wouldn't have gone on this app, and I can't imagine this life not meeting him."

Sure, they're happily ever after, but not every story ends that way. Could love connections fail faster if we're superficially swiping people away? A 2016 social psychology study at Stanford University says there's not much difference in sizing up a stranger from across the room and viewing a profile from the glow of your phone.

Valenta disagrees.

"When you're on an application, you're only seeing text. You're only seeing this image that people want you to see. in the real world I can see her mannerisms. I can see how she's reacting to me approaching her," said Valenta.

Kate Chapman, a board member for the Young Professionals of Aggieland, says apps are pretty common these days.

"I think there's a fine line between spending time on the dating apps and not coming to events. You can do a little bit of both and create a balance between those two things," she said.

This balancing act will become more important in the Brazos Valley in the years to come, with adults aged 19-64 predicted to make up 59% of the population by the year 2050.

"I don't even know if it's five years down the road." Chapman said. "It might be even next year or two years. I think people will have a Bumble, Tinder Hinge on their phones as regularly as Instagram or Twitter. You just have to find one that works for you and really think about what you're willing to get from these apps."

While there may never be a true substitute for face to face interaction,
the option to stay behind the screen to make your love connection may not be as taboo as we think.