Definition of online dating
Internet dating is a dating system which permits individuals, couples and/or groups to get in contact and communicate with each other over the Internet, usually aiming to develop a rather personal romantic, social or sexual virtual relationship, promising to a real relationship.
None of this would have been possible without the internet. On October 29th, 1969 the first connection was established in between three American Universities: University of California, Los Angeles and the Stanford Research Institute.
By 1981 an international packet switched network was created expanding from the US and England to Canada, Hong Kong and Australia.
The Web (also known as the World Wide Web) was invented by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989, making possible the view of web pages (which can contain images, text, video, etc.) and the navigation in between these.
Online dating services – from the first website to nowadays
The first dating site is known to have appeared around the year of 1995, revolutionizing the world of dating, not with much success at the beginning though.
Within eight to nine years later, more and more people started visiting the dating chat-rooms, starting to appreciate this possibility and making the idea of online dating unstoppable regarding its popularity, hitting dating scenes all over the world such as the UK in the early 2000s.
The whole deal is that the dating services provide matchmaking, based on pre-established criteria such as gender, age range, globe location, but also allow the users to register and make an account where they have multiple options, from writing an entire personal profile to additionally uploading one up to several pictures or videos of themselves which ease the search of a partner and the result of finding that someone special.
Although the online dating services appeared with the online dating system itself, it grew along with the evolution of web technologies, being far more precise nowadays.
Even if the registration on some of the sites can be for free, not everything is for free, and this motto applied to the online dating site community as they started charging a monthly or annually fee for their services as soon as it became more and more wanted by millions of singles around the globe, but this doesn’t and shouldn’t stop the nowadays workaholic, which appeals to virtual comforting, this often becoming a social hobby.
But how did online dating go so current and become used by so many?
And what is the economical strength behind it?
Read more about it in the second part of How online dating got into history.