Before they went mainstream, personals were a way for same-sex couples to discreetly connect. Has the Internet really revolutionized dating? Or is hijacking tech for love and sex just what humans do? Hardly a week goes by without another new think piece about online dating either revolutionizing society or completely ruining our ability to have real relationships.
Online Dating, a Short History
The History of Online Dating From to Now | HuffPost
Decades before Match. The s gave us many gifts. The last gift spawned something else entirely -- the s introduced us to computer dating. Yes, you read that correctly. Computer dating. The s sport carried many of the same hazards and thrills as virtual matchmaking today.
The History of Online Dating From 1695 to Now
Since its inception, the idea of 'dating' has changed quite a bit. Dating used to consist of first dates that ended with marriage proposals, or families making marriage deals between their children. In the past three decades, dating has become more of a process that can last for years before marriage is even considered.
Before you could show your interest with the ease of a right swipe, singles went to great lengths to meet their match. Technology and social trends have vastly shaped how we connect, when we connect, and who we connect with. Today, the stigma of meeting online has mostly dissipated. According to a study published in Statista, 30 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 currently use dating sites and apps. As new dating apps step onto the scene, our old favorites continue to find innovative ways that make it easier for us to step outside of our comfort zones.