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.Though there were other dating sites at the time, most focused on international dating and had more in common with “mail order bride” services than the dating sites we know today. By 1996 there were 16 dating Web sites listed in Yahoo!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.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.
In 1700, barely a decade after the invention of the modern newspaper, the first matrimonial service was created.
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: 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.