Of course, the use of the Web to find romantic partners should surprise no one.
Perhaps more than any other revolution in communication, the use of the Web for dating makes sense.
Because of this, even before the Web became widely used, the Internet had a robust, if technically limited, dating culture.
The first major Internet dating Web site is widely held to be the combination of and match.com, which were both registered by the same person in 19 respectively.
In 1700, barely a decade after the invention of the modern newspaper, the first matrimonial service was created.
These services ran ads on behalf of single men and women who were desperate to find a good husband or wife.
Services such as Prodigy and America Online offered chat rooms and forums for singles and heavily advertised these features.
With those sites, the idea of online “social networking” was born and online dating was a byproduct of that.
People could meet potential boyfriends or girlfriends on the Web without going to a site dedicated to the cause.
Though there were other dating sites at the time, most focused on international dating and had more in common with “mail order bride” services than the dating sites we know today. By 1996 there were 16 dating Web sites listed in Yahoo!
, which was a directory at the time, and other powerhouses such as and Oneand had already started up.