If you look at the history of dating, marriage, and courtship, a very interesting story emerges.
Quick Note The original outline for Courtship in Crisis called for a chapter on the history of courtship.
In fact, online dating is the second-most-common way for couples to meet–right behind meeting through friends.
As generations change, so does the idea of dating and how one finds a companion.
Almost everyone these days can name a couple they know that met on the Internet, though it wasn't so long ago that skimming the online personals for love was considered strange, even a bit desperate.
Taboo or not, the practice certainly isn't new.
When the first modern newspaper was invented, people bought personal ads to discreetly connect and communicate with one another in hopes of finding love or sex.
But, when the Internet was conceived, it connected us all, thus personal ads went digital and the Internet dating service was born.