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Dating through the ages: How matchmaking evolved with technology

We trace the history of dating — from newspaper classifieds to swiping right on your mobile phones

HT48HRS_Special Updated: Jul 16, 2016 11:01 IST
Meenakshi Iyer
Meenakshi Iyer
Hindustan Times
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We trace the history of dating - from newspaper classifeids to swiping right on your mobile phones. (Shutterstock Image )

Technology has changed the way we approach dating. From the anonymous chat rooms of the ’90s (that let you befriend people across continents) to present day matchmaking apps based on location, technology has made finding love easier. We trace the history of dating through the ages — from printing press to modern-day apps ahead of a panel discussion on matchmaking in India this weekend. The talk, will examine the intersection of technology with dating, love and erotica.

— As told by Vishnupriya Das, a scholar from the University of Michigan. She is researching dating apps and sexuality in urban centres

Sources: Dave, Naisargi N. Queer activism in India: A story in the anthropology of ethics. Duke University Press, 2012, Internet History Podcast, Tech Crunch and BBC.

DON’T MISS: Attend India LSD [Love.Sex.Desire], a panel discussion where technology meets the erotic on Friday, July 15 at 5pm; Where: India Culture Lab, Godrej One, Vikhroli; Email:

First Published: Jul 14, 2016 00:00 IST