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. But these hyperbolic pronouncements miss a deeper fact:. At its core, "online dating" isn't something we just started doing 5, 10 or even 20 years ago.
History of Online Dating
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In , barely a decade after the invention of the modern newspaper, the first matrimonial service was created. These services ran ads on behalf of single men and women who were desperate to find a good husband or wife. At the time, being single past 21 carried with it a deep stigma and turning to a matrimonial service, for either sex, was seen as an act of desperation. Still, many matches resulted from these services and many members of 18th-century society found love this way, even if it was something rarely talked about during its time. The matrimonial services from that century were just the beginning of the pairing of technology and dating. Of course, the use of the Web to find romantic partners should surprise no one. Perhaps more than any other revolution in communication, the use of the Web for dating makes sense.
Timeline of online dating services
When I was in school, I was never the biggest fan of history unless it was something I cared about. English royalty, the Salem Witch Trials, Greek mythology? Yes, yes, and yes.
Conru in Before he started the first site for online dating, Andrew Conru had started one of the first companies that made websites for the newfangled World Wide Web back in The venture was named Internet Media Services, of course. We were the only company in the Yellow Pages with the word 'internet' in it. The internet has changed a lot over the past 25 years, and Conru had a front row seat.