Adult internet dating article
With the introduction of the internet in the 1990’s more and more people started placing their personal ads on websites instead of in newspapers and magazines.
Dating agencies created websites to which people could subscribe (usually for a membership fee) to get suggestions on possible partners based on certain algorithms and the extensive questionnaires they had to fill in.
If you disagreed with your parents’ choice, or if your parents were unable to find you a partner, you would have to either accept your fate, or find different ways to look for someone.
The rise of newspapers created a solution for this problem, with their personal advertisements section, the analogue version of dating websites.
Dating apps enable us to do things we have never done before and are now often created to fit into a specific (sub)culture.
This article discusses several dating apps using theories regarding globalization.
It is said homosexual men and women used code words to place personal advertisements looking for likeminded people, but also for unhappily married people for whom divorce was impossible, the personal ads were a much desired way out, and of course, much like in online dating nowadays, there were people who posed as someone else, in an attempt to scam or rob people, or use them in other ways.
With the introduction of smartphones and their applications (apps) online dating became even easier, and more importantly, more socially accepted.
A research from 2015 by the BBC showed that the dating app Tinder was the 10th most popular lifestyle app in Canada that year and the 15th most popular one in the US.
Actually, personal ads were no longer merely used to find a husband or wife, but also to simply look for companionship.
Soldiers fighting abroad during a war used personal ads to look for pen pals for instance.