Matrimonial agencies were big business there by the early 18th century, printing ads on behalf of men who paid the agency to recruit them a good wife.Being single passed the age of 21 was considered almost shameful in that era, and the ads were often a last resort for the men who advertised and the women who read them.The personals sections of those 18th century newspapers were also useful for gay men and women to meet lovers, back when homosexuality was still illegal (it remained so in the UK until 1967).Personal ads went mainstream in the early 20th century, with expectations at a much lower level than their earlier incarnations.In between, the social acceptance of personals has waxed and waned with the times."Advertising for a husband or wife has always attracted criticism and the people who did it were always thought of as failures in some way.Not only can you search for free, but once you’ve posted your profile, you can see who has viewed you, a feature not available on most other top sites.From this list, you can see a photo, complete profile and when your profile was viewed. Consider joining, and you will be able to communicate with other members.
Taboo or not, the practice certainly isn't new.
and conducted by Harris Interactive, shows that 64% of Americans are "very happy" in their romantic relationships with a partner or spouse and ~50% report being happy with their sex lives.
The new survey reveals that millennials ages 25 to 34 are the happiest.
Personal ads have a history going back at least 300 years, according to a new book on the subject entitled "Classified: The Secret History of the Personal Column" (Random House Books, 2009).
Internet dating is just the modern version of the first "matrimonial" agencies of the 1700s, which helped lonely bachelors search for wives through printed ads, said author H. Cocks, a history lecturer at the University of Nottingham, UK.