The history of
by Isabel Thottam
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.
As generations change, so does the idea of dating and how one finds a companion. 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.
Remember how Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks found love via AOL in You’ve Got Mail? From AOL chat rooms, to Myspace bulletins and Craigslist ads–the list goes on and on for ways in which people have used the Internet as a tool to find love, sex and friendship. In fact, online dating is the second-most-common way for couples to meet–right behind meeting through friends.
With 40 million Americans trying online dating services, it only becomes more normal every day. Below is a look at the history of online dating: