Where The Idea Of Web Dating Came From | The Communication Blog

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Where The Idea Of Web Dating Came From

By Christine F. Kapp

History has shown that one of the most distinctive social aspects of the human race is the need to love and be loved. In fact, in western times, men were notorious for ordering mail-order-brides through the pony express. No matter how slow and how unpredictable the results would be, men were willing to gamble their future just to take a chance at love.

Good thing the Internet arrived. The Internet has transformed the field of dating to a whole new level. With all kinds of communication channels available, potential couples can test out their common interests and dislikes (and even their looks) before making a decision to take it further.

During the time of mail-order-brides when men lived in towns with a short supply of women, males scrambled to sign up for a love match. Love matches quickly turned into mismatches when expectations were not met.

Many quickly found out that beautiful hand-writing did not add up to a beautiful woman. Or even vice versa. But since the deal was done and the couple was hitched, they had no choice but to make good of their situation.

It's likely that there were successful mail-order bride matches, obviously. But given the amount of communication, or lack of it, before the couple got hitched, you can expect that many matches went wrong. A lot of people probably went into the marriage expecting something totally different.

The great thing about the Internet age is that it has lowered the chances of mismatches. By providing services such as chatting, email, and even webcam facilities, would-be couples have only themselves to blame if things do not work out as expected.

Internet dating services allows a person the freedom to find his or her best potential match without the stress of having to commit immediately. Once they make their choice, it is up to time to tell whether it was, hopefully, the right one.

Most Internet dating websites are businesses that require membership fees. There are a few that exist for free but require payment if additional premium services are desired.

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