Dating before 1960
But while the algorithms may have improved as the market for online dating has expanded, the inputs — the questions these computer matchmakers ask dating hopefuls — haven’t changed much since the 1960s, when launched the first computerized dating service.
Before the law changed in 1967 there were abortionists around, but they were illegal, and you couldn’t go to one without paying a lot of money in used notes to a dodgy doctor off Harley Street. It’s worth remembering, too, that feminists at that time were not even a glimmer in their father’s eyes.
If you can imagine emerging from this repressed background into the swinging 60s, equipped with a contraceptive pill that had only recently become the hugely popular and completely reliable form of birth control, you can also imagine how ill-prepared we all were for what was to follow.
True, we’d been brought up to say ‘no’ to sex, but the only reason for that was because we might get pregnant.
Koota asked a grand jury to consider whether it was a crime to invite students to "Pick 'em cuter by computer": "The potential danger to physical safety and morals is clear.
Some control is essential to prevent criminals, racketeers and sex deviates from this profitable field." Today, is the largest dating site in the world, with an estimated 20 million members.