Stats on online computer dating
This was free for women to do, while men had to pay a quarter.At the start of the 20th century, personal ads became even more of a necessity — as lonely soldiers serving in World War I would use them to find not just wives but also pen pals and friends.Years later, e Harmony is going stronger than ever.
It also only cost a quarter for someone to receive a suggested match’s contact information.
One was written by a “gentleman about 30 years of age” who “would willingly match himself to some good young gentlewoman that has a fortune of 3000£ or thereabout, and he will make settlement to content.” That’s some real 17th-century romance right there.
Since homosexuality was illegal during this time, but newspaper ads were the main way to meet someone, gay men would use code words to avoid being persecuted or even executed, according to a PBS infographic on the history of love and technology.
They used their own questionnaire and an IBM 1401 computer to match people (for ) based on their similar likes and dislikes.
From 1965 to 1990, in-print personal ads kept up a steady pace until an invention came along that would change all of our lives forever — the internet.
Their process was never made mainstream, but e Harmony says this is known as the first attempt at creating an automated matchmaking service.