History of online dating and services
Perhaps more than any other revolution in communication, the use of the Web for dating makes sense.
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.
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.
Much of this was spurred on by the Internet service providers themselves.
In a quick succession, most of the dating websites we know today registered their official domains.
2004 is the year the social networking service Facebook was invented by Mark Zuckerberg in his Harvard University dorm room.
But, when the Internet was conceived, it connected us all, thus personal ads went digital and the Internet dating service was born.
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.
With images, audio and databases of personal data, the Web is not just a new way to meet others, but an incredibly efficient one.
This doesn’t mean that online dating has lost all of its stigma.
The movie, which reunited “Sleepless in Seattle’s” Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, focused on two business rivals who hated each other in person but fell in love over the Web.