History online dating

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.With those sites, the idea of online “social networking” was born and online dating was a byproduct of that.People could meet potential boyfriends or girlfriends on the Web without going to a site dedicated to the cause.The end result is that, according to Online Dating Magazine, nearly 20 million people visit at least one online dating site every month and 120,000 marriages every year take place, at least in part, due to online dating.In 2002, Wired Magazine predicted that, “Twenty years from now, the idea that someone looking for love won’t look for it online will be silly, akin to skipping the card catalog to instead wander the stacks because ‘the right books are found only by accident.'” The prediction does not seem to be that far off as it is exactly where we are heading with both online dating and social networking.In 2007, Americans spent over 0 million on online dating, making it the second highest industry for “paid content” on the Web, behind pornography.

Though the majority of marriages still meet through more traditional means, nearly everyone on the Web has met someone or made a friend online.Though the movie didn’t focus on Internet dating directly, it put meeting someone on the Web in a positive light and showcased the Web as a tool for bringing people together, even those who don’t like each other in the physical world.Riding on a wave of growing public acceptance, and Oneand were acquired by Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch for an undisclosed sum.Much of this was spurred on by the Internet service providers themselves.Services such as Prodigy and America Online offered chat rooms and forums for singles and heavily advertised these features.

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