ABC News Nightline Love in the Twenty-First Century

ABC News Nightline Love in the Twenty-First Century

Used to be family and friends were the entree to meeting new people and perhaps even your future spouse. Nowadays your partner in life is just as likely to be a mouse-click away!

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. In Regency England, friends and family would make sure that important information about eligibility was passed on to appropriate suitors, with the hope that it would end in marriage. In the 21st century, all Mr. Darcy and Miss Bennett would have to do is get online, fill in some pertinent information about their personalities and through the magic of ones and zeroes be brought together via cyberspace! Is that any less romantic than having your aunt or mother finding the right guy for you? ABC News looks at the booming business of Internet dating. Some 40 million people a month visit online dating services, spending millions of dollars looking for the right one. For a lot of people it seems to be working, and what is really interesting is that people aren’t afraid to admit it. There is no stigma to using the latest technological tools to find someone to spend the rest of your life with. In a way it is almost old-fashioned. You get to know someone by writing to them first before even meeting them. ABC News talks to several couples who found their partner this way, and explores how these services work.

Anchor: Chris Bury
Airdate: 7/30/2004

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