We're desperately seeking a great story about love in the digital age, and we need your help.
We all know the stories about people who have met online, rekindled old flames through Facebook, and texted their way to marital bliss. We know that the Internet and digital technology have helped bring us together in ways that would have been impossible in the past. Now, we're looking to go a little deeper.
We're seeking to find a true love story; a tale of heartbreak, a struggle with infidelity and temptation, or a seemingly hopeless situation that was turned around due to technology's role. For example, an innocent text message that spiraled in to a steamy back and forth and almost broke up a happy marriage. Or, alternately, a story about someone in a committed relationship who finds a way to rekindle excitement and danger through Facebook messages, Skype or some other digital tool.
According to Alice Mathias in the New York Times, "Communication has been streamlined by the Internet, and something essential to the process of falling in love has been lost. We can type up carefully crafted statements rather than go face-to-face and improvise from the heart, thereby risking embarrassment, vulnerability or Oscar-worthy dialogue. We can Google our way into the museums of each other's identities -- and fall in love there." Digital Nation wants to find out if this is indeed true: we want to investigate if we're losing control in the face of the limitless possibility and instant gratification technology provides.
Ideally, we'd like to hear from people between the ages of 30 and 50. We all know that teens are texting and sexting, hooking up and breaking up online, but what is really of interest to us is mature relationships in the digital age.
We're of course looking for people who are good talkers and willing to share their stories, and we're also hoping to find people for whom these experiences with love online have been deep and meaningful. We're searching for a story that will hopefully work its way in to our film, so we're looking to go beyond just casual anecdote. In other words, we're looking for real drama, with real stakes and consequences.
If you know someone who has a story or if you can think of someone we should talk to who might know someone who has a story, please let us know! You can comment on our site, twitter with the #dig_nat tag, or just send us a good old-fashioned at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you've got an idea for us, please write out as many of the details as possible, and also be sure to include a way for us to get in touch with you.
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