Growth of online dating sites

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At the time, being single past 21 carried with it a deep stigma and turning to a matrimonial service, for either sex, was seen as an act of desperation.Still, many matches resulted from these services and many members of 18th-century society found love this way, even if it was something rarely talked about during its time.As that happens, more and more individuals will be willing to try it, making it both more common and even more useful.

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.

With those sites, the idea of online “social networking” was born and online dating was a byproduct of that.

People could meet potential boyfriends or girlfriends on the Web without going to a site dedicated to the cause.

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