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Online Dating: A History

Online Dating: A History

Online dating didn’t really begin with the advent of the internet.

The need to communicate to other human beings for love, companionship and sex goes back centuries, with each new technology opening up further avenues and fresh ways to reach out.


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Matrimonial Ads In The 1900s

  • The rural parts of America started making use of personal ads for matrimony.
  • Lonely soldiers of WWI sought pen pals using these ads, giving rise to the friendship ads, the whole personal ads trend went mainstream.
  • The ‘Lonely Hearts’ trend invited prosecution from the Brit...


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Matrimonial Ads In The 1800s

  • Aristocrats caught on the personal ad trend and started broadcasting their often bizarre desires to the general public.
  • The matrimonial ad, where a potential husband or wife was sought, was looked down upon initially, but as specific magazines and periodicals focusing on matrimony ...


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Online Dating Today

  • It is ubiquitous and many social media sites are personal ads in disguise.
  • Specialized dating sites exist for every orientation, religion, place and race.
  • This also makes stumbling upon someone who exists outside the preference bubble harder than before.


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Online Matrimonials and The Second Wave of Personal Ads

Newsgroups and Bulletin Board Services (BBS) gave rise to the second wave of personal ads, with America Online (AOL), Prodigy and later Craigslist providing avenues to singles looking to find companionship. was founded in 1997, and in a decade online dating became a top-gross...


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Forbidden Affairs

LGBT communities took to the discreet personal ads, as homosexuality was banned in the UK till as late as 1967.

The 1700s saw the first ads with coded words, female names as an attempt to find companionship, forbidden by society.


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The First Female Personal Ad

Englishwoman Helen Morrison, who placed an innocent personal ad in 1727 in the local newspaper, was sent to an asylum for four weeks, as it was insane at the time for women to seek companionship.


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The First Personal Ads

With the advent of the modern newspaper in 1690, it took a mere five years for the first personal ads to appear in Britain.

One of the very first personal ads was from a 30-year-old man who was seeking young women with a good personal fortune.


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