Technology is great. But, at the same time, technology can be awful. Technology has made it easier than ever to meet new people. But it also seems like it's made people lazier than ever when it comes to interacting with others.

Being single in 2014, there are literally dozens of ways to meet new people - there are the "traditional" methods of bars, clubs, through friends and family. And there are the new ways, through websites and now apps that go everywhere with you.

Online dating isn't all that "new" when you think about it, but I feel like it's become more compact and flippant than ever.

What inspired this article is the lack of effort that I see being put into it these days.

Much like getting dressed up to go out, your dating profile is the first impression that others get of you. When someone puts time, thought, and effort into their dating profile, it shows.

At the same time, when someone doesn't put any thought into their profiles, that shows too.

The same goes for interacting with others.

I'm honestly surprised by the number of messages that I'll get that consist of the following:

"Hey"

That's it? That's your big opening line? Did you even read my profile?

I don't know about anyone else, but I put a lot into first impressions. I think that the very first interaction that you have with someone can say a lot about the kinds of interactions that will follow.

I don't know, maybe it's just me having too high of a standard, but I feel like dating these days is more challenging than ever.

What do you think? Have you had awkward online or app dating experiences? Tell us about them in the comments!