The dating game
Many of us have watched the drama of Love Island recently. We tend to think of blind dates, speed dating and computer dating as modern phenomena, but it seems humans have always dabbled with the dating game.
When the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, arranged a meeting between Paris and the lovely – but – married Helen, she may have been responsible for the first ‘blind date’, and as it resulted in the Trojan War, it probably doesn’t count as a terribly successful one!
The world’s first proper ‘marriage bureau’ was founded by Henry Robinson in London’s Threadneedle Street in 1650, and inn July 1695 the very first ‘would like to meet’ advertisement was published in the somewhat drily titled magazine, Collection for the Improvement of Husbandry and Trade. The advert read:
“A Gentleman, about 30 Years of Age that says he has a Very Good Estate, would willingly Match Himself to some young Gentlewoman that has a fortune of £3000 or thereabouts. And he will make Settlement to Content.” Be still my beating heart!
The first couple to be matched by computer were the Americans, Shirley Sanders and Robert Kardell in 1958. They were then introduced on a TV show called People Are Funny. They were married in Hollywood in the October of that year and their honeymoon was paid for by the show’s sponsors.
Today there are more Than 7,500 dating sites across the world. Match.com is the biggest online dating site with 23.5 million users worldwide! And last year eHarmony was responsible was responsible for 4% of marriages in the US!
I wonder what the future will have in store for the dating game…
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