With 40 million Americans trying online dating services, it only becomes more normal every day.Hardly a week goes by without another new think piece about online dating either revolutionizing society or completely ruining our ability to have real relationships. Salt-N-Pepa encouraged us to talk about it and George Michael simply wanted it.In the early 90's AOL introduced chat rooms where people could manage to do both.Operation Match (part of Compatibility Research Inc.) launches.
These services ran ads on behalf of single men and women who were desperate to find a good husband or wife.
As generations change, so does the idea of dating and how one finds a companion.
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.
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.
With images, audio and databases of personal data, the Web is not just a new way to meet others, but an incredibly efficient one.Anonymity allowed people to be themselves or a creative version thereof.