History of Mobile Dating
The History of Technology and of Mobile Dating
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Do you know about mobile dating? It is the newest in a long line of communications technologies that have been applied to dating, which really goes back at least as far as the birth of the humble land-line telephone. As new communications technologies have been invented and then become commonplace, they have historically always been used in the dating world. This makes perfect sense, as finding a partner is one of the main reasons we communicate in the first place. Also, newer communications technologies have taken some of the stress out of finding a date by making the communication a little less personal.
Read on for a brief history of technology applied to dating, from the early days up until the present day technology of mobile dates.
#1 The early days: the telephone
Ok, it was a long time ago now, but stop for a moment and think about what the dating world was like before the telephone: being a good letter writer would definitely have been a huge plus in those days! Alexander Graham Bell’s invention way back in the later 1800s allowed instant voice communication between lovebirds separated by great distances, which at the time must have seemed like a seismic shift in how couples communicated. However, as the telephone is a device for instant communication, it does nothing to reduce those jitters associated with communicating with a new love interest.
#2 Advancements: the fax and answering machine
The facsimile machine or ‘fax’ become a feasible device in the 1970s, while a commercially viable answering machine came along around the same decade. These two devices certainly had their applications in the world of dating, particularly with certain groups of people. For example, many celebrities seemed to favor the fax as a painless way to dump someone. City-based hipsters such as the gang from the hit 1990s TV series Seinfeld loved the answering machine as a way to leave a message for someone who wasn’t home, or sometimes to avoid speaking to a real person.
#3 The revolution: internet; email, and cell phones
The 1990s brought massive changes to the world of communications technology, with the birth of email and the internet in the early 1990s, and (a little later) cell phones. It’s hard to overstate what a big change this was. Email is free and instantaneous, and can be sent to someone anywhere in the world. Internet dating allows people to screen for matches, like old-style dating services used to, but with the user in control of the process.
Cell phones, of course, put the ‘mobile’ into mobile dates, and with capabilities such as ‘short message service’ or SMS, allowed new ways of communicating as well.
#4 Today: mobile dates
So what all of this brings us to is the present day world, where internet dating is huge and mobile smartphone dating is the next big thing. Given that internet dating and the use of cell phones are already so popular, this technology is really an evolution rather than a revolution, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be mega big, or that it won’t change the dating landscape yet again.