4 Ways the Dating Industry Has Been Revolutionized by Technology

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.

Texting

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.

Dating Apps

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.

 


3 Useful Apps in Today’s World

With so many apps to choose from, it might be helpful, useful even, to consider those which have the most use in today’s world. That is not necessarily because they help us in business but because they make our social lives more exciting and fulfilling. Entertainment can be cheap and just an app away.

TikTok

As one of the most downloaded apps of 2020, TikTok is something to talk about. Previously known as musical.ly, TikTok is a social medium platform that allows its users to create, share, and discover the music videos of others. These are short videos that resemble the karaoke craze of the past. It is all about people displaying their musical talent of singing, dancing, or both. Even comedy is included for further amusement. So, there is plenty to make us laugh and, as a result, enhance our day. A craze that has made a resurgence on TikTok is lip-syncing, which is pretending to sing by moving your lips to music. Rather like in a church when you forget the words to the hymns and do not want the vicar to know. All good fun. To the list of activities that people share in trying to entertain others, including their friends, we could add air guitar. For this, you do not need to know how to play it, just be able to look like you can.

Zoom

With the Zoom app, you can create or schedule meetings. These can be business-related, educational, or simply catch-up with friends. It is the new Skype. By setting up an account, you can change personal settings and update your profile as much as you like. It is useful to be able to see as well as hear someone. That is, you can hear someone unless they are “on mute”, as the expression goes. With Zoom, you can hold engaging webinars, collaborations, and chat. It is like sitting in on an actual meeting. You can see everyone’s body language and expressions as they chat with you. It cuts down on travel costs and saves on time. For a business, time is money.

Facebook

No app list would be complete without mentioning Facebook, one of the earliest apps, and one we expect to already be showing on our new mobile phone when we purchase it. An interesting statistic from a few years ago was that 79 percent of Facebook users would access the social media platform from their mobile phones. This must surely be higher now. Facebook allows its subscribers to interact with one another, allowing them to post comments and videos after linking up. It makes use of the emoticon to like, love, laugh, or wow, other people’s posts. So far, Facebook has resisted the urge to include an emoticon that suggests you do not like someone’s post. This leaves doubt as to whether you have deliberately not liked it, or simply not seen it among all the other feed that there is to read. The more groups you sign up to, the more of it there will be to read through to keep yourself up to date with what your friends and family are doing. It can be like an online diary, with some even writing about what they had for breakfast or how hard their sprouts were. It is a place you can air your news, views, funny moments, and woes of the day. As a cautionary note, do not take to heart too much what people are saying. Each view is only one person’s view and there is a whole world out there. Be yourself and do not give unpleasant comments any time of day or night. Enjoy, though, the numerous wonderful comments of praise and those that make you smile.

So, some key apps to think about here, that it would now be difficult to be without.