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With those sites, the idea of online “social networking” was born and online dating was a byproduct of that.
Newspapers would also provide personal ads, which often relied on the telephone to send/receive messages, VHS brought us video dating and, more recently, the Internet brought us online dating.
This doesn’t mean that online dating has lost all of its stigma.
In some circles meeting a boyfriend/girlfriend or even a spouse online is viewed as a sign of desperation. As more and more people meet their significant others online, the stigma against it is deteriorating.
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.