Online dating or Internet dating is a system that enables people to find and introduce themselves to new personal connections over the Internet , usually with the goal of developing personal, romantic, or sexual relationships. An online dating service is a company that provides specific mechanisms generally websites or applications for online dating through the use of Internet-connected personal computers or mobile devices. Such companies offer a wide variety of unmoderated matchmaking services, most of which are profile-based. Online dating services allow users to become "members" by creating a profile and uploading personal information including but not limited to age, gender, sexual orientation, location, and appearance. Most services also encourage members to add photos or videos to their profile. Once a profile has been created, members can view the profiles of other members of the service, using the visible profile information to decide whether or not to initiate contact.
A hookup culture is one that accepts and encourages casual sex encounters, including one-night stands and other related activity, without necessarily including emotional bonding or long-term commitment. Most research on hookups has been focused on American college students, but hookups are not limited to college campuses. The rise of hookups, a form of casual sex , has been described by evolutionary biologist Justin Garcia and others as a "cultural revolution" that had its beginnings in the s. Lisa Wade, a sociologist, documents that 19th-century white fraternity men often had what would be called hookup sex with prostitutes, poor women, and the women they had enslaved. The sexual revolution of the s brought a loosening of sexual morals which allowed for sex to become uncoupled from relationships and non-marital sex to become more socially acceptable.
This is a timeline of online dating services that also includes broader events related to technology-assisted dating not just online dating. Where there are similar services, only major ones or "the first of its kind" are listed. Classifieds made a comeback in America in the s and s, encouraged by the era's inclination toward individualism and social exhibitionism. It was very important to be 'self-aware.
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