Computers did exist in the '60s, in some form -- not personal computers, but computers nonetheless.
Psychedelia and New Journalism, civil rights and the Velvet Underground, JFK and the sexual revolution. Decades before Match.com, Ok Cupid, and Craigslist there existed a different sort of online interaction.
The last gift spawned something else entirely -- the 1960s introduced us to computer dating. The 1960s sport carried many of the same hazards and thrills as virtual matchmaking today.
In terms of online dating, I’d give it a yes — I am in the industry, after all.
According to a PBS infographic, a British agricultural journal was the first publication to publish personal ads.
In addition, whenever gay men wanted to meet up, they would go to what was called a Molly House, where they could drink, dance, and have sex.
Until Helen Morrison came along, it was mostly men who were posting personal ads, with women or gay men answering them.
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.
Jeff Tarr and Vaughn Morrill came up with a far-out idea: use a newfangled computer to arrange compatible dates.