Over the past ten years, finding a significant other online has posed a challenge to the old ways of dating. Since World War II, conventional methods of dating have become less popular as online dating has grown. People are likely to discover companionship through dating websites and applications as the number of singles online increases yearly.

    Bulletin boards and newsgroups featured many opportunities for people to use technology to meet others with shared interests, including dating, even before the Web existed. Singles might use the chat rooms, forums, and online classifieds provided by services like America Online, Prodigy, and finally Craigslist.  

    The 90s to Present

    A new setting for personals was established by the mid-to-late 1990s Internet boom. By the decade’s close, they had attained a certain level of acceptance.

    By 2010, there were many dating websites for almost every city, sexual orientation, religion, race, and activity. This made it simpler to locate exactly what we’re looking for and not to run into someone who does not fit into our pre-defined identity bubbles.

    Social networking websites were more prevalent at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Friendster was well-known before other platforms overtook it. In 2002, Friendster connected friends, family, and total strangers. Through one of the earliest implementations of profile messaging, it furthermore offered a cost-free online setting for users to meet potential romantic partners.

    As opposed to social networking sites, websites like OkCupid and Plenty of Fish decided to concentrate only on providing dating services. Both Plenty of Fish and OkCupid went up for free in 2003 and 2004. Despite being eclipsed by Match’s success, both websites saw growth after developing mobile versions years later.

    Both Tinder and Hinge, introduced in 2012, featured novel features and distinct points of appeal. The option to “swipe left” or “swipe right” on possible matches for a faster rate of viewing was the most distinctive feature that Tinder gave users. The more well-known of the two, Tinder is currently the most popular dating service in the US.

    Additionally, dating apps that prioritize audio started to become prevalent. These programs made an effort to draw less attention to the prejudices in online dating that are more centered on appearance.

    Because of social isolation and quarantine requirements during COVID-19, innovative application creators have revived the online dating sector and helped people connect more. Due to the success of the social media platform TikTok, video-first dating apps have begun to appear. To establish a more personal connection between matches, apps like Snack and Curtn need users to submit video messages rather than text messages. Many apps like Megapersonals even allow users to post personal ads about them and meet new people.


    Since it was initially created with the development of the internet, online dating has been able to advance with technology. From dial-up dating sites to apps on almost every smartphone, the surge in online dating may only plateau over the coming years.