Abstract: Although online dating has only recently become culturally acceptable and widespread, using computers to make romantic matches has a long history.
But rather than revolutionizing how people met and married, this article shows how early computerized dating systems re-inscribed conservative social norms about gender, race, class, and sexuality.
The verses in this collection are true to the Turkish spirit as well as universal in their appeal.
They show how Turks praise and satirize love, how they see it as a poetic experience.
We may even gaze on our partners with some dissatisfaction, measuring them against that lost intensity.
But the gleam of infatuation—if current theory is right—may be largely the product of unexpectedly potent brain chemistry.
THE PLEASURES AND PAINS Of LOVE have dominated Turkish poetry for a millennium and a half.
The earliest Turkish poet (Aprin Çor Tigin, sixth century A.
'On the romantic side of things, I had my first serious relationship with a woman, and I had my first breakup after my first serious relationship with a woman,' she recalls.
The earliest Turkish verses, dating from the sixth century A. Since then, love has dominated the Turks' poetic modes and moodspre-Islamic, Ottoman classical, folk, modern.
In style, form and sensibility, this collection offers a broad spectrum: virtually all types and varieties are represented here.
If serotonin is the Zen-master among neurotransmitter, dopamine is Pollyanna, responsible for the highs of infatuation, new love, joy, self-confidence, and motivation.
But like all roller-coaster rides, dopamine highs have their dangers.