Growth of online dating sites
The matrimonial services from that century were just the beginning of the pairing of technology and dating.
Newspapers would also provide personal ads, which often relied on the telephone to send/receive messages, VHS brought us video dating and, more recently, the Internet brought us online dating.
The stigma of online dating has been slowly lifting, due in large part to the rise of social networking.
Though the majority of marriages still meet through more traditional means, nearly everyone on the Web has met someone or made a friend online.
This legitimacy caused the major Internet players, including both Yahoo! During the dot-com boom of the late 90s and early 2000s, there were several other high-profile dating site acquisitions However, as with most budding Web businesses, the dot com crash in 2001/2002 brought much of the frenzy to an end and changed the online world.
These services ran ads on behalf of single men and women who were desperate to find a good husband or wife.
In 1998, Internet dating got a cultural boost with the release of the movie “You’ve Got Mail”.
The movie, which reunited “Sleepless in Seattle’s” Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, focused on two business rivals who hated each other in person but fell in love over the Web.
Though the movie didn’t focus on Internet dating directly, it put meeting someone on the Web in a positive light and showcased the Web as a tool for bringing people together, even those who don’t like each other in the physical world.
Riding on a wave of growing public acceptance, and Oneand were acquired by Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch for an undisclosed sum.