(How) has technology changed the way we love?
Telegraphy is the long-distance transmission of message without the physical exchange of an object bearing the message. The use of smoke signals, beacons, reflected light signals, and flag semaphore signals are early examples. In the 1800s, the harnessing of electricity brought about the means to transmit signals via electrical telegraph. The advent of radio in the early 1900s brought about radio-telegraphy and other forms of wireless telegraphy. In the internet age, telegraphic means developed greatly in sophistication and ease of use, with natural language interfaces that hide the underlying code, allowing such technologies as electronic mail and instant messaging.
I'm interested in whether people think technology has changed the way we love or (at least) communicate love.
The telegraph is known as the 'Victorian Internet' and reputedly changed the way the upper classes (it was too expensive for middle and lower classes to use initially) expressed love.
Will recent and potential new technologies change we way we love each other? IF SO HOW?
I'd be equally fascinated in hearing theories and examples.
Has instant messaging made it easier to put more into the meaning of the message or has the message content been diminished by such a available medium?
Incidentally, I can't find a record of the earliest sent electronic expression of love and how it was received.