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History of the ’90s podcast: The birth of online dating

Young woman using laptop, dating agency site on screen.
Young woman using laptop, dating agency site on screen. Peter Scholey/Getty Images

Depending on who you talk to, the introduction of online dating in 1995 either revolutionized society or destroyed it.

On this episode of History of the ’90s, host Kathy Kenzora looks back at the creation of online dating and how it became such a normal part of our lives.

READ MORE: Online dating very popular, but many still meeting mates in traditional ways

We talk to Gary Kremen, the creator of Match.com, the first mainstream dating website, and ask him what inspired him to use the internet to solve the age-old problem of finding a perfect match.

And we unpack the data that has been collected by sociologists who have been studying online dating to understand how swiping left and right has impacted who we meet and how we meet them.

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Online dating now the norm among people looking to find love
Online dating now the norm among people looking to find love

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Guests:

Gary Kremen, pioneer of online dating.

Twitter: @gkremen

www.kremen.com

David Kushner, author of The Player’s Ball: A Genius, A Con Man, and the Secret History of the Internet’s Rise

Twitter: @davidkushner

www.davidkushner.com

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