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The Long Bar

The History of Dating Sites

In the fall of 1965, two young, enterprising Harvard students used an IBM 1401 computer to create the very first computer-based matchmaking service in the United States.

Inspired by the paltry dating scene of post-war academia, the two men built a 75 question survey for love-hungry applicants to fill out. Singles would mail in their questionnaires (along with a $3 fee) and receive a list of computer-generated matches in return.

By 1966, Operation Match claimed to have 90,000 people using their services.

In 1995, the world’s first online dating website was launched in the form of Lonely hearts rejoiced as they could now meet and flirt with potential matches without having to change out of their pyjamas.

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