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Communication and dating

As seen from personal ads published in New York newspapers during the Civil War, the signs of a restless and mobile American society looking for love were already evident in the mid-19th century.The gentleman seeking marriage in the following remarkable ad exemplifies this trend: Matrimonial.– A young unmarried cavalry officer, who intends to serve his country till “this cruel war is over,” desires, should he be slain during the war, to leave an heir to his name and inheritance.He therefore wishes to open correspondence with a view to matrimony with a patriotic young lady of intelligence, accomplishments, common sense, &c.Address K, Nineteenth New York cavalry, Manassas Junction, Va.

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The perfumed, handwritten letter delivered by personal courier was replaced by the more efficient postal service.By the late 1970s, newspapers such as the Single News Register turned dating into a virtual marketplace for romance.Even with the advent of the Internet, personal ads still had a strong global presence in the 1990s, as they combined communication technologies such as 900 numbers, voice mailboxes, conference calling, and even VHS tapes.The cringe-worthy “text speak” preferred by teenage users of short messaging services (SMS) today had nothing on the cryptic personal ads of yesteryear (try interpreting “SWF 28 ISO S/D W or B M 30-42 for NSA/LTR”).Personal ads, once scoffed at by traditional daters as the last recourse of the desperate, were easily adopted by the mainstream upon the arrival of computer matchmaking technology.By this time American society had come to accept certain customs and courtesies which eventually became dating institutions.The postwar period of American prosperity and the sexual revolution managed to shake up the establishment when it came to romance.As more women entered the workforce and divorce rates increased, gender roles were no longer so strictly defined.The arrival of oral contraceptives forever changed the dating landscape, and the gay rights movement brought a different perspective.Marriage as an institution had fallen out of favor in the ’80s, and with so many singles to choose from, dating became a highly casual affair.Enter the world of computer bulletin board systems, precursors of internet-enabled communications.


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