Origin of dating websites

Users answer submitted questions and then rate how important each question is to them.

Then the website spits out match percentages based on the answers to mutually answered questions.

People could now look first and (maybe) talk later. For those exploiting the fantasy and anonymity the internet provided, the visuals just added more disguises, creativity and deception to their play.

A concept in dating that predates the internet itself by almost 300 years.

The ad was a proposal of marriage to a young woman with £3,000 in her personal fortune.

Popularity in the service did not grow for a long time though.

In 1727 a woman in Manchester England was committed to an asylum by the town mayor after posting a personal ad in the Manchester Weekly Journal.

For some, online chatting never left the rooms, but others found the modality to be the conduit to meet people for offline encounters.

No longer did people have to trek to a bar to meet someone, they were able to pick up people online, anytime!

Now, people could subscribe to dating websites, that match members based on everything from personality characteristics to sexual preferences. Whether you are at the gym, in a restaurant, at a meeting or in church, you can get a visual on the man with real time information about his wants and desires.

Online dating has in some ways overtaken in person connections as the number one way that people meet. 1695: The very first instance of a personal ad appeared in a British publication called the “Collection for the Improvement of Husbandry and Trade”.

2009: The first hookup app to use geo-location, Grindr was focused on single homosexuals.

Using the location data in a mobile phone the app shows pictures of nearby partners who may interest the user in a widening grid representing the expanding distance.

Users would fill out questionnaires and algorithms would pair people together based on mutual interests and geography.

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