Phishing, fake profiles, and ads for escorts continue this tradition today.Early 1900s: The Lonely Rural Farmers, Ranchers and Shepherds Around the turn of the last century, personal ads enjoyed a renaissance of popularity, especially in the Western US with low populations and the harsh realities of rural life without a partner.Hardly a week goes by without another new think piece about online dating either revolutionizing society or completely ruining our ability to have real relationships.
An 1841 ad in the Journal of Munich tells of a 70-year-old Baron seeking a woman "between 16 and 20 having good teeth and little feet." (Well...The popularity of personals paved the way for grifters who soon realized that they could prey on the vulnerability of people seeking love.Scam artists caused a scandal that many newspapers ran with, and personals disappeared practically overnight as public attitudes became more cautious.If we are going to improve the way people meet one another, we're going to have to do so by questioning the existing paradigms of online dating and figuring out how to do it better.2013: Making out, less graphic sexting, sending partly-clothed naked pics, following him on Twitter, favoriting his tweet, thinking everything he tweets is hilarious even though your friends are like, "That's not even funny-funny, that's just funny weird." Introducing him to your cat. 2013: Oral sex, regular sex, not being afraid of over-texting him anymore, looking his ex-girlfriend up on Facebook (shes pretty!