History of computer dating services

20-Aug-2019 18:46

The questionnaire ran several pages and asked everything from height and weight statistics to how a person would react to a hypothetical situation.

Here’s a sample of one of the questions: Your roommate gets you a blind date for the big dance. When you meet your date, you are sure it’s your roommate who is blind – your date is friendly, but embarrassingly unattractive.

Computers did exist in the '60s, in some form -- not personal computers, but computers nonetheless.

These machines could crunch the numbers on our personalities and spit out intimate matches.

Every year, millions of people use services like e Harmony and hoping to find romance by answering a questionnaire and spending a little cash.

If all goes well, the computer will serve as Cupid and maybe you’ll find happiness with that someone special.

Not e-mail, of course, but old-fashioned, stamp-licking mail. People waited patiently for days, weeks, and months as companies processed their answers on intelligence, attractiveness, quirks, and preferences, and would perhaps find them matches ... The questionnaire model dated back to the Scientific Marriage Foundation in 1957 and flourished throughout the '60s and '70s. Or both do., journalist Gay Talese described pornographer-to-be Al Goldstein as a subscriber to a "computer dating service" circa the mid-'60s (though apparently the service was, like many during this era, fraudulent).

When I was in school, I was never the biggest fan of history unless it was something I cared about. It’s fascinating to think about how the process got started and where it’s at now.

English royalty, the Salem Witch Trials, Greek mythology? In this article, I’ll walk you through everything that has to do with the history of online dating — from personal ads to dating apps.

Sites like Ok Cupid perform a similar service now, only with more pictures, interactivity, and complexity.

But in the 1960s, what was known as "computer dating" involved no Internet and often few to no visuals.

Not e-mail, of course, but old-fashioned, stamp-licking mail. People waited patiently for days, weeks, and months as companies processed their answers on intelligence, attractiveness, quirks, and preferences, and would perhaps find them matches ... The questionnaire model dated back to the Scientific Marriage Foundation in 1957 and flourished throughout the '60s and '70s. Or both do., journalist Gay Talese described pornographer-to-be Al Goldstein as a subscriber to a "computer dating service" circa the mid-'60s (though apparently the service was, like many during this era, fraudulent).

When I was in school, I was never the biggest fan of history unless it was something I cared about. It’s fascinating to think about how the process got started and where it’s at now.

English royalty, the Salem Witch Trials, Greek mythology? In this article, I’ll walk you through everything that has to do with the history of online dating — from personal ads to dating apps.

Sites like Ok Cupid perform a similar service now, only with more pictures, interactivity, and complexity.

But in the 1960s, what was known as "computer dating" involved no Internet and often few to no visuals.

Since its inception, the idea of 'dating' has changed quite a bit.