This year, internet dating is officially 20 years old. The first online dating service was a very simple affair, matching people based on profiles of likes and dislikes. It seems simple now, but at the time it was a revelation.
For many years, internet dating struggled to shake off its image of being only for geeks. Then in 2000, the first dating services were launched that used a computer program to suggest the most compatible matches. Today, internet dating has become much more mainstream, with over 40% of people having tried online dating.
Recent technological advancements have created an online dating scene in which participants can meet people from the comfort of their own homes, talk face-to-face in real time using phones, tablets and other mobile devices. Apps like Tinder are also revolutionising the way people meet online.
But what about the future? Where will online dating be in another ten years? Holographic meetings? Virtual cafes? What's next?
To celebrate twenty years of online dating, the folks at Strictly Dating are launching a campaign for all the single bloggers out there.
Using the hashtag #20yearsdating, they want to know about bloggers' experiences dating. They would like single bloggers to go on a paid for date, and then tell everyone all about your experience - the good, the bad and the ugly!
If you would like to go on a free date in exchange for writing a warts-and-all blog post about it, get in touch with Strictly Dating