The Evolution of Online Relationships

Online dating has changed the dynamics of relationships, how people meet and connect, and have created a new realm of social interaction. It is a more recent type of social interaction that is constantly evolving and changing. According to Aziz Ansari through his book Modern Romance, the way people view commitment, l above, and a true relationship have changed due to online dating. He says it is the “modern way of dating.”

“Online dating has its origins in the 1960s, with the emergence of the first computer dating services.” (Ansari, 71) Original online dating consisted on filling out long questionnaires with many detailed, specific questions. Then through an algorithm, the user is matched with someone who may be compatible with them and they are sent on a date. This method of online dating stayed prevalent until around the 1980s. It wasn’t very popular because not many people at the time owned a home computer and did not have smart phones. It was a way to connect but never truly “caught on.” There was also a stigma against online dating because the Internet wasn’t as popular as it is today. Most relationships started by physically meeting and connecting such as through institutions.

In the 1990s, advertising of single people searching for a relationship began. The “personals” section of the paper showed the listings of those who were featured in the paper. The advertisements were brief and to the point and described each person and what they were interested in. This was pretty popular for the LGBTQ community and older, straight people. The ads also did not include a picture of the person which is very different than online dating today.

Today online relationships are a norm in our society and has become one of the most prevalent way to meet people and start a romantic relationship. It is accessible and easy to do and can be done at any moment of the day. A busy working person may not have the time to go out and try to meet people and this is a very efficient easy way to be social. It is a norm in society today and has become the dominant way of creating relationships.

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