Online dating has come a long way over the past twenty years. Once reserved for the few people who had precious internet access, online dating is now revolutionising the way people fall in love all over the world, and with the growth in internet availability, along with the rise in singles, online dating is set to continuously grow. Who’d have thought it? Especially if you’re old enough to remember its very modest beginnings.
The early days of online dating
When Gary Kremen created Match in 1995, only 14% of the US had internet access. Such a small percentage of people is hard to image these lives, I mean, how did people live their lives without being able to Instagram their dinners and share funny cat videos?
As internet access was so limited, only a small number of technologically gifted people could access online dating services. Another issue was that the majority of dating sites didn’t include the function of being able to upload any profile pictures. Imagine going on a date with someone purely based on their own profile descriptions of being ‘athletic’, ‘tall’ or ‘bubbly’ – it must have been more of a blind date mixed with pot luck. Understandably, problems like this earned dating websites a bad rep. But boy did things change…
The growth of online dating
With faster download and search speeds, the online world took off like a rocket. The technology advancements catapulted the number of users online, which in turn gave online dating the boost it needed. People began to let go of their prejudices and gave dating sites a go, and found they were full of likeminded singles and not one-eyed creepy monsters. This gradually helped to remove the stigma of ‘meeting someone online’, and the idea of online dating became more socially acceptable. More recently, the introduction of mobile dating has seemed to multiply the growth of online dating. So much so, that 1 in 5 new relationships in the UK now start online, and some studies have even gone as far to suggest that by 2031, half of all relationships will originate from dating apps and websites.
Why online dating could potentially change the world…
The internet has really changed how we fall in love. Before online dating, 72% of all relationships were with people we had met though school, university or at work. But now if you find it difficult to meet someone within these groups, online dating can help to broaden your search and gives a unique opportunity to meet people outside your circle. It’s removed so many traditional barriers to finding love, whether it’s location, time, interests, and religion.
So, thanks to Mr Kremen and the advancements of technology, millions of people can now be brought together to find their ideal date through online dating.