Internet dating ads
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.At the start of the 20th century, personal ads became even more of a necessity — as lonely soldiers serving in World War I would use them to find not just wives but also pen pals and friends.Personal ads for homosexual activity, which was still illegal, were increasing as well — causing authorities to conduct more investigations into the content in newspapers.In the past three decades, dating has become more of a process that can last for years before marriage is even considered.As generations change, so does the idea of dating and how one finds a companion.In fact, online dating is the second-most-common way for couples to meet–right behind meeting through friends.
Dating used to consist of first dates that ended with marriage proposals, or families making marriage deals between their children.
When the first modern newspaper was invented, people bought personal ads to discreetly connect and communicate with one another in hopes of finding love or sex.
But, when the Internet was conceived, it connected us all, thus personal ads went digital and the Internet dating service was born.
English royalty, the Salem Witch Trials, Greek mythology? In this article, I’ll walk you through everything that has to do with the history of online dating — from personal ads to dating apps.
In terms of online dating, I’d give it a yes — I am in the industry, after all.