A brief look into online dating

Mikayla Hartley, Staff Writer

As Valentine’s Day approaches, love is not just filling the air, but the internet as well.
The internet has been around for a short time, but it’s usage in the dating scene has been nonstop.
Match.com opened up on the internet in 1995. It was the first dating website the world had ever seen. It was new, exciting, and bizarre.
On the world wide internet, strangers were connecting with each other in a way that has never been done before.
Jump into today’s way of online dating, and the whole scene has changed and evolved in such a short matter of time.
With the help of algorithm based pairing and instant messaging, online dating scene has become much larger and more common.
With algorithm based pairing, people were asked to answer questions that would bring you closer to meeting with your match. Websites such as eHarmony use this strategy, however modern dating apps have gone in a different direction than this.
Rather than matching via algorithms, deciding who are good fits, the most common way of connecting with others in modern day is through dating apps such as Tinder and Bumble, where you swipe your way to relationships.
This way of meeting people isn’t all bad. It’s a mimic to speed dating, except it’s a constant flow of people that you can access at any moment.
Through this kind of connection, strangers are meeting those they would never have sought out before.
This “fast” dating strategy has changed the market of dating websites.
Rather than being on a computer at your home, now one can be at a party, hanging out with friends while swiping on an app that will lead to more relationships down the road.