Brief history of online dating
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.
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.
With images, audio and databases of personal data, the Web is not just a new way to meet others, but an incredibly efficient one.
Because of this, even before the Web became widely used, the Internet had a robust, if technically limited, dating culture.
The first major Internet dating Web site is widely held to be the combination of and match.com, which were both registered by the same person in 19 respectively.
The stigma of online dating has been slowly lifting, due in large part to the rise of social networking.
Newspapers would also provide personal ads, which often relied on the telephone to send/receive messages, VHS brought us video dating and, more recently, the Internet brought us online dating.
This legitimacy caused the major Internet players, including both Yahoo! During the dot-com boom of the late 90s and early 2000s, there were several other high-profile dating site acquisitions However, as with most budding Web businesses, the dot com crash in 2001/2002 brought much of the frenzy to an end and changed the online world.