Computer dating 1970
Some of us are lucky, we just stumble across the one we are going to share our lives with.But for others something more purposeful is required.It shows that, contrary to what was previously believed, the first computerized dating system in either the US or the UK was run by a woman.For Valentine’s Day, 1961, the cartoonist Charles Addams—of Addams Family fame—drew a futuristic cover for the New Yorker.Clients paid and answered more than a hundred questions, such as whether women would prefer to "find their ideal man in a camp chopping wood, in a studio painting a canvas, or in a garage working a pillar drill." The answers were fed into an IBM 1400 Series computer, "which then spit out your matches, five blue cards, if you were a woman, or five pink ones, if you were a man." TACT eventually spread all over New York, but was well ahead of its time, given that it was suspect in a criminal investigation after the Kings County Board of Education noticed students filling out "questionable" dating surveys.In this unbelievable 1966 article, "Boy-Girl Questionnaires Investigated" then-Brooklyn District Attorney Aaron E.
But in the 1960s, what was known as "computer dating" involved no Internet and often few to no visuals.Eventually people lost interest as BBSs lost out to the World Wide Web, and Matchmaker was superseded by Melissa Ellard, a fashion entrepreneur in Foxborough, Mass., says she would have been dateless for several months last year if not for Hinge, one of a number of new, increasingly popular mobile dating apps.So how have people over the centuries used changing technology to find somebody to love?I wonder how many people signed up for Compramatics, a Manhattan-based dating service that blended “comprehensive psychological testing, professional counseling, and high-speed computer matching” to help “single, divorced, and widowed men and women” find a mate.
Any time of profound social change calls for a good date."Inevitably, the singles game is putting technology to use," magazine declared back in 1967, "and the computer-dating service is growing as steadily as the price of a share of IBM." The article describes "punchcard-plotted introductions" that cost $5 to $150. Harvard students founded a landmark computer-dating service around the same time, and as the reported in 1965, "Their banner reads 'SEX,' their creed is written on the circuits of a computer, and their initial organized uprising is called Operation Match." A black-and-white video celebrates the "computer marriages" emerging from Operation Match by 1968.