Many singles look for love on the Web, and research in the United Kingdom suggests that as of 2004 there were around 150 agencies in that country, where the market was apparently growing at around 20 percent a year.
The first users of were a motley bunch: all of them tentative; some optimistic, others outright weirdos.
Bill and Freddie Straus, aged 76 and 72, fall into the first category.
However, by then both ladies and gentlemen had to classify themselves in 5 different classes.
Though most people meet their dates at social organizations, in their daily life and work, or are introduced through friends or relatives, commercial dating agencies emerged strongly, but discreetly, in the Western world after World War II, mostly catering for the 25–44 age group.
In one corner is a cluster of Hallmark-red sofas; romantic slogans adorn a board above the photocopier.
There are hearts everywhere – from the pendant on an employee’s necklace to the novelty fruit bowl.(...) The system of this curious, and it should seem actually serious, plan — as far as we can learn — is as follows: — Every person, of either sex, who desires to enter into a treaty of marriage, is first to subscribe a certain sum.All ladies and gentlemen to describe themselves, by real or fictitious names, as they may choose". — A gentleman, 40 years of age, a little corpulent, rather of a dark brown complexion, wears a wig, has a place in the Customs, and a small estate in Suffolk, with 750l.Marriage agencies run by clergymen were introduced to England and Wales in the late 18th century, prompting considerable amusement from the social commentators of the day.In 1799 a "provincial publication says that a MATRIMONIAL PLAN is proposed to be established throughout every county, city, or town, in England or Wales.It has a Google-like track record of gobbling up its competition: it purchased Ok Cupid in 2011, and also owns Tinder, a wildly popular mobile app founded in 2012.