Some were intent on finding another lifemate in short order, while others seemed more interested in sampling different personalities and lifestyles.A gripe shared by many women I met concerned the fellow who arrived at the meetup bearing little resemblance to the guy in the profile. But I wasn’t the same single guy I was the last time I lived here. And I wanted to meet people, so I turned to Internet dating as a way to meet eligible women.
Computers did exist in the '60s, in some form -- not personal computers, but computers nonetheless.
These machines could crunch the numbers on our personalities and spit out intimate matches.
Any time of profound social change calls for a good date."Inevitably, the singles game is putting technology to use," magazine declared back in 1967, "and the computer-dating service is growing as steadily as the price of a share of IBM." The article describes "punchcard-plotted introductions" that cost $5 to $150. Harvard students founded a landmark computer-dating service around the same time, and as the reported in 1965, "Their banner reads 'SEX,' their creed is written on the circuits of a computer, and their initial organized uprising is called Operation Match." A black-and-white video celebrates the "computer marriages" emerging from Operation Match by 1968.
It emphasizes the perils that, even now, many ascribe to romance via machine: Couples who meet by computer tend to be embarrassed and even hostile. It cost $3 to sign up, and more than a million romantic souls had responded during the service's first years.magazine: "How To Be Comfortable With Computer Dating." The ad, promoting a dating service called Compatibility, strains to build credibility for the company, emphasizing its size, ethics, and the power of the service's computers ("The IBM 360/40 Computers that are used for us, we are told, will do more in an hour than a highly qualified individual can do in a year"). Computer dating also experienced transatlantic popularity -- this 1972 British ad encourages you to join "Britain's most sophisticated and successful computer dating service" to "meet your kind of people." Naturally, these services wanted to give an impression of exclusivity, some pretense that they "try to weed out the obvious social misfits" as the These dating services evolved quickly in subsequent decades.
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