Sometimes using social media technology can spoil a relationship, should we post something unromantic or not remotely funny, but the upside of this technology is that it can provide useful tools to help discover romance in the first place. This article will explore 4 ways that technology has helped with dating. How it has allowed users to discover that special person, who has then gone on to become their lifelong companion who gives them the reason to go to bed early or to get up in the morning.
Early Computer Dating Services
It was in 1959 that a Stanford student project was to create the first ever computer dating service. They used an IBM 650 to determine the similarities between 98 chosen subjects based upon a profile of 30 questions. The punch cards themselves represented little romance for the project’s participants but matching like-minded individuals together earned the students involved an “A” grade. A few years later in 1965, Harvard student Tarr co-founded Operation Match.
The Internet and Social Media
If you are the kind of person who finds meeting someone for the first time face-to-face uncomfortable, then the internet can be a way of getting to know someone first from a distance. Social media platforms allow us to communicate without making any real commitment. Often a person’s interests will be displayed on screen without us having to ask for them. The fact that they are a member of a certain group will be an indicator as to their individual interests.
As far back as 1984, the SMS (Short Message Service) concept was developed by Friedhelm Hillebrand and Bernard Ghillebaert. In 1992, the 3rd December to be precise, the first ever text message would then be sent by Neil Papworth. He was a former developer at Sema Group Telecoms, so one can assume that the text was not sent for dating purposes. Although, texting became an invaluable aid to future dating, allowing its users to easily make the arrangements required to meet up. Sometimes for a blind date, where photographs were not exchanged, just messages. SMS is an old technology now but still widely used. It is limited to 160 characters per message, although many messages will be much shorter than this.
Texting, as a technology, allows us to keep in touch without disturbing someone as much as if we were to ring and speak to them. Messages can be created and sent in public spaces without disturbing others. Texts are much quicker to send than any other form of communication and often instant replies can be obtained. Text messages can encourage communication that would not otherwise have taken place. Communication is, of course, an important part of dating. To know if someone is compatible, you first need to find out as much about them as they are willing to divulge.
An online dating app on a mobile phone will take advantage of smartphone technology such as a GPS location facility. Some popular dating apps include:
- Tinder – By definition, a dry flammable material (wood or paper) that lights a fire but in dating terms a very popular app. Its name would suggest a cosy moment of intimacy by a fire. The app matches couples in accordance with their physical attraction to each other.
- Bumble – Bumble might sound like a character from Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist, or a definition for clumsiness, but it is in fact the name of another popular dating app. Bumble Premium allows access to Beeline, allowing you to see your admirers.
- Facebook – Is an interactive community where profiles can be put on and messages freely exchanged.
- Grindr – Their Unlimited version of the app allows its subscribers to unsend any messages, go Incognito, and view unlimited profiles.
- Match.com – Allows for photos and profiles to be viewed, and messages sent. Members are permitted to send one VIP email weekly.
- OkCupid – With just a basic account you can see all your potential matches. Paid options remove ads and offer unlimited likes.
With statistics stating that the online global dating market is expected to increase in size to 3.592 billion USD by the end of 2025, the technology looks set to continue to influence the way that we date. We just need to be mindful that the information someone is putting on is truthful. You know, the garbage in, garbage out (GIGO) computer philosophy. Otherwise, the whole online dating process can be floored. It is clearly working, though, as there are many people who claim to have met their long-term partner online, who they are still sharing their life with to this day.