History of online dating and services
Perhaps more than any other revolution in communication, the use of the Web for dating makes sense.Not only does the Web allow us to find people in our area, but it allows us to see, hear learn a great deal about them.In addition to newsgroups and forums created for posting of personal ads, similar to what was going on in newspapers at the time, locals were meeting in city-oriented rooms and people with similar interests were meeting and becoming attached in forums of similar interest.Much of this was spurred on by the Internet service providers themselves.In some circles meeting a boyfriend/girlfriend or even a spouse online is viewed as a sign of desperation. As more and more people meet their significant others online, the stigma against it is deteriorating.As that happens, more and more individuals will be willing to try it, making it both more common and even more useful.
But, when the Internet was conceived, it connected us all, thus personal ads went digital and the Internet dating service was born.
Below is a look at the history of online dating: Stanford students Jim Harvey and Phil Fialer try their hand at matchmaking while conducting a class project for the “Happy Families Planning Services.” Using a punch card questionnaire and an IBM 650 mainframe computer, Harvey and Fialer matched 49 men and 49 women.
Before online dating websites launched, the World Wide Web was publically available for people to explore.
The Internet was being used for dating almost from day one.
Even before the Web itself was created, bulletin board services and newsgroups played host to a variety of Internet dating activities, many of them unintended.