History of internet dating sites

In the late ’80s and early ’90s, cybersex had a limited connotation: virtual-reality kink.

VR sex, theoretically, involved people in proximity or in distant locations donning special suits and/or cybergloves and/or headgear, festooned with wires, and then remotely diddling their partners and sharing a simulated sexual experience, sometimes accompanied by SFX audiovisuals.

Bright recalls that she had first gone online because she’d heard that on a computer bulletin board called The WELL a community of people was engaged in a discussion thread labeled “Why I Love Susie Bright.”Bright now says, in a series of interviews and emails, “The WELL was like the shiny new toy that everyone in the media was fascinated with. The first time there was a sex hoax on the Internet—at least that I am aware of—it happened at The WELL.

There was a private women’s conference that only [female] members could be part of.

For a time it went by the cringe-worthy name “teledildonics.” And at the time, it was pure hokum. And much of it was emerging from Usenet and newsgroups.

"We thought dating would be the obvious choice."The idea was for single people to make videos introducing themselves and saying what they were looking for, said Chen.

After five days no one had uploaded a single video, so he and the other co-founders, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim, reconsidered.

There were hatchling websites that stole printed porn pictures and posted them as their own; sites that featured virtual strip blackjack; sites where online models popped up in tiny matchbook-size peep-holes, responding to keyboard commands (“How about removing those fish-nets? The Internet began to micropander to every type of sexual connoisseur.

One of the earliest Net-sex horror stories involved an online skeeve who turned out to be a con artist. One of the West Coast leaders of sex-positive feminism, Bright in the early 1990s had left her job editing .

Long before Tinder made swiping a thing for matchmaking apps, there was a little-known video site trying to play cupid to the Internet generation: You Tube.

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