The more and more technology developed, the more and more relationships turned fake.

I feel this is a grammatically correct sentence. But what is the underlying concept here? Past tense is used (viz, developed, turned) in the sentence, yet it says an universal truth for which we generally use simple present tense. Can you please help me in figuring out the underlying concept here? Thanks in advance!

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    It's not talking about a universal truth. It's talking about what actually happened in the past. Maybe it actually is a universal truth, but that's not implied by the grammar. – Peter Shor Oct 31 '17 at 16:33
  • But isn't what the sentence says happening now too? Actually, one of my friends posted this on fb. So, he means it happened only in past and not happening today? Forgive my ignorance pls. – user108579 Oct 31 '17 at 16:37
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    It might also be happening now (that's not ruled out by the sentence), but it's not inevitable that it is going to continue happening in the future. – Peter Shor Oct 31 '17 at 16:38
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    user108579: Your sample sentence isn't grammatical, and it doesn't look like the kind of mistakes native speakers might make anyway. But putting that aside, we use present tense to refer to "enduring" truths. The more people have, the more they want, for example. – FumbleFingers Oct 31 '17 at 16:42
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    Don't you mean relationships? – BillJ Oct 31 '17 at 16:59

Here's a more standard way to write that sentence:

The more technology has developed, the more relationships have turned fake.

It does not purport to present a universal truth; it allows for the possibility that, sometime in the future, we will hit Peak Fake.

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