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The matrimonial services from that century were just the beginning of the pairing of technology and dating.

Newspapers would also provide personal ads, which often relied on the telephone to send/receive messages, VHS brought us video dating and, more recently, the Internet brought us online dating.

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.

But despite this wave of social networking, which included the founding of Facebook in 2004, online dating has continued to thrive.

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.

The end result is that, according to Online Dating Magazine, nearly 20 million people visit at least one online dating site every month and 120,000 marriages every year take place, at least in part, due to online dating.

In 2002, Wired Magazine predicted that, “Twenty years from now, the idea that someone looking for love won’t look for it online will be silly, akin to skipping the card catalog to instead wander the stacks because ‘the right books are found only by accident.'” The prediction does not seem to be that far off as it is exactly where we are heading with both online dating and social networking.

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