Digital dating has ensured that the joy and pain, humiliation and disappointment have endured, but the style of their delivery has changed with tech’s disruptive advance.
In 1996, about 77 million people worldwide had access to the web. The only industries making any money out of this little virtual village were, firstly, dear old porn and, secondly, a newfangled thing called internet dating.
Originally created at the University of Colorado Boulder, Qualify is quickly expanding to college campuses around the nation as the newest dating app exclusively for college students.Smell Dating is an experimental dating service from the artists Tega Brain and Sam Lavigne of Useless Press (a jokey, fun, experimental, digital art group).Daters exchange smelly worn t-shirts, and chose matches based purely on the smell of the shirts.At Wallflower* we understand that compatibility really counts, especially in the bedroom. No more indiscriminate data-dump or frenzied swiping. Then, if you made it to a first date and were British, you drank a lot of alcohol and had sex. Wallflower’s unique, design-focused digital card system and the powerful analytics of our carefully coded, AI-enhanced love-bots (not to mention the lustrous illustrations by Klaus Haapaniemi), bring together only those with perfectly attuned interior lives. Finding sex, love or both used to require a degree of human endeavour; it required actually going out and meeting people.