The Future of Dating - Introduction

The Future of Dating

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Future of Dating

"Twenty years from now, the idea that someone looking for love won't look for it online will be silly, akin to skipping the card catalog to instead wander the stacks because 'the right books are found only by accident'." -Wired Magazine. From the speed of transportation, to biotechnology and artificial intelligence, eHarmony.co.uk's interactive timeline explores the relationship between technology and dating. Beginning with the steam engine, we look all the way through to the year 2045 to show you what experts are predicting will be the #FutureOfDating. Swipe up to get started or use the arrows on your computer keyboard.

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The Future of Dating - Speed of Transport and Communication

Railway Mania

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1843

Steam railway joins London to Brighton

A galloping horse could cover 100 miles a day at best. For most people living in the UK up to the mid-1800s, anything further than the neighbouring villages was considered foreign. The explosion of the steam railways meant transport and communication speeds accelerated, having a profound affect on dating and relationships to come.

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The Future of Dating - Speed of Transport and Communication

The Telephone is Born

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1876

Alexander Graham Bell Invents the Telephone

Throw out your letter-writing kit! The invention of the telephone in 1876 means communication becomes easier and news travels faster. More importantly, you don't have to wait for the postman to hear from your beau.

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First Transatlantic Flight

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1939

The Yankee Clipper lands in Baltimore

In 1939 the Yankee Clipper makes its first commercial flight across the Atlantic, from Baltimore to Ireland. Easier and quicker communication between continents meant more migration and a bigger potential "dating" pool.

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Marriage Agencies

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1944

London's First Marriage Agency

Marriage agencies have existed in the UK in different forms since the 18th century but were originally run by members of the clergy. In 1825 a marriage agency opened three days a week in London's Bishopsgate providing a service where singles could advertise themselves for marriage. The first paid matching services opened in 1944 in London, the first time dating - and more importantly finding a spouse - has been transformed into a commercial business.

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The Future of Dating - Internet & Artificial Intelligence

Maths-based Marriage

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1959

First Couple Matched by a Machine Algorithm

The United States develop the Happy Families Planning Services in 1959 by programming an IBM computer. It resulted in one marriage - the very first as a result of a machine algorithm. Now dating websites like eHarmony rely on their complex algorithms to match singles based on compatibility and affinity.

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The Future of Dating - Speed of Transport and Communication

Dot Com is Born

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1985

Dot Com is Born

The first registered .com domain name is registered - Symbolics.com. This marks the beginning of eHarmony.com and the thousands more online dating and social networking sites that exist today.

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The World Wide Web

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1991

The World Wide Web

In 1991, the World Wide Web becomes publicly available. The internet connects people all over the world and eventualy offers a brand new way of meeting new people and starting relationships - 'online dating' is now searched for in Google over 135,000 times a month.

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The Future of Dating - Speed of Transport and Communication

Texting

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1992

The First SMS is Sent

Imagine meeting someone you like and exchanging numbers only to have to call them the next day. This was life before texting. First commercially used in December 1992, a text message was easier, quicker and cheaper than a phone call. The New York Times wrote: Traditional courtship picking up the telephone and asking someone on a date required courage, strategic planning and a considerable investment of ego (by telephone, rejection stings). Not so with texting".

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The Future of Dating - Speed of Transport and Communication

The Channel Tunnel

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1994

The Channel Tunnel is Complete

A 31.4 mile long railway underneath the water of the English Channel and connects the island of Great Britain with mainland France is opened. 400 trains carrying an average of 50,000 passengers 6,000 cars and 180 coaches pass through the tunnel each day. Cheaper travel to Europe means more chances of meeting someone abroad - particularly in Paris, the so-called city of love!

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First Dating Websites Launch

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1995

First Online Dating Websites Launch

The first domain names are registered in quick succession for online dating sites as we know them today.

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The Future of Dating - Speed of Transport and Communication

You've Got Mail

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1998

You've Got Mail: Better, Smarter Email

By the late 90s, email has become your smart personal assistant, a tool used to organise and prioritise daily life. Messages become shorter and more suitable for instant chatting helping people get to know each other faster on this growing medium. 1998 was also the year rom-com You've Got Mail was released starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, helping to normalise the idea of finding love using email and the internet.

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eHarmony.com founded

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2000

eHarmony.com officially founded by Dr Warren

Clinical psychologist and marriage counselor Dr Neil Clark Warren spent 35 years studying what makes a happy couple. He came to realise that there’s a better way to find longer-lasting love, and in 1997 eHarmony was born. The relationship site’s compatibility matching system uses 29 measures of compatibility, from how you emotionally react to the world, down to your sense of humour. The result? More than 10 billion matches and plenty of happily-ever-afters.

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eHarmony's First Marriage

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2001

John and Vicki Vystrcil are eHarmony's first marriage

"We are very happy to report that we are still very happily married after over 14 years. We are still very much in love, despite the normal pressures of family losses, job turmoil, and some health issues. We live in Frisco Texas. We are grateful to Dr Warren and his wife Marylyn for starting eHarmony, and introducing us to the program."

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The Future of Dating - Speed of Transport and Communication

Video Chat

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2003

Free video chat with Skype

Skype popularises free, internet-enabled video chat in 2003. As long as you have an internet connection you can chat to your loved ones from the comfort of your own home. It improves long distance dating and allows singles to meet a potential partner via webcam before deciding to take it offline.

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Facebook is Born

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2004

Social network giant Facebook is born

Since its launch in 2004, Facebook has amassed 1.4 billion users, connecting and reconnecting people all around the world. Made famous in the 2010 film The Social Network, Facebook's first evolution was 'Facemash' allowing the students to rate the attractiveness of fellow classmates. Thanks to Zuckerberg and Saverin, it's now normal to be able to find out which of your friends (or friends-of-friends) are romantically available by simply checking out their Facebook profile.

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Phones Become Smart

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2007

First Smart Phones with 3G Internet

The birth of 3G on the first iPhone allows online dating users to communicate 'on the go' for the first time, away from their computers and wifi connections. CEO of Apple Steve Jobs called the iPhone a combination of a "widescreen iPod with touch controls"; a "revolutionary mobile phone" and a "breakthrough internet communicator".

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Out of this World Proposals

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2014

First marriage proposal from space using an iPhone

With the help of technology - the sky's the limit...literally! Armed with just an iPhone, GPS unit and GoPro camera, a man from Seattle proposed to his girlfriend from 90,000 feet. He commented: "I think there is something romantic about it, in a very nerdy and unique way".

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Apps vs. Browsers

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2014

Mobile Apps Dominate

By 2014, 86% of phone users spend time using apps, leaving a mere 14% of time remaining for mobile browser use. The growing popularity of apps suggests the rise of mobile as a means of communicating and discovery is continuing to grow and grow.

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No More Screens

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2015

Holographic bracelet projects onto your arm

Yes, you read that right - the first holographic smartphone already exists with a functional prototype built in February 2015. The Cicret Bracelet claims to 'make your skin your new touchscreen' enabling you to check emails, make calls and view online dating profiles just like your normal smartphone but projected onto your arm.

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The Future of Dating - Internet & Artificial Intelligence

Life Logging

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2016

Life Logging with the Narrative Clip

The Narrative Clip - a hands-free, clip-on camera that uses wireless technology - is already availble to buy online and looks set to become even more popular over the next few years as society's appetite for quick and shareable video grows. Imagine being able to watch back key moments in your relationship? Or analyse arguments with your other half second by second?

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The Future of Dating - Biotechnology

Video Profiles

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2019

Video Dating Profiles

To help online daters get to know their matches even better before they meet, online dating sites might introduce short video introductions to their users' profiles. Seeing another person and hearing their voice will help users to make decisions quicker and introduce more trust.

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Telepathic computers

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2020

Computers predict what you do before you do it

Research at the University of Ontario has suggested that neuroscientists may soon be able to predict what you'll do before you actually do it. A thought or intention to do something produces blood flow to the specific areas of the brain. Therefore by studying blood flow patterns though neuroimaging technology, computers will be able to understand your intentions before you do.

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The Future of Dating - Biotechnology

Project Underskin

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2021

Project Underskin

New Deal Design, the designers behind the FitBit smartwatch range, have come up with an idea for a new type of wearable tech - a "tattoo" embedded under the skin. This unique tattoo would be able to interact with everything you touched as well as interpret and visualise your health and emotions. Imagine being able to visually see what your date is feeling through a pattern on their skin? The designers are confident they could build Underskin by 2021.

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Facial Recognition

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2025

Computers interpret emotions

Experts expect that by 2025 - or perhaps even sooner - computer devices will be able to read people's emotions by analysing their expressions. The ability to recognise even fleeting human emotions from subtle facial movements will be based on massive data sets to create a system with the ability to distinguise between anger and disgust, joy and surprise.

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Life With Robots

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2029

Two partners: One Human, One Robot

Why do we need robots? Because sometimes we want to avoid social interaction. At least that's according to the Managing Director Andra Keay of Silicon Valley Robotics speaking at the 2015 Web Summit. Interaction with a robot rather than a human when we feel less sociable could be a lot easier. So will we have not one but two life partners in the future - one human and one robot?

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The Future of Dating - Biotechnology

Human Software

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2029

Human Software Replaces Computer Software

US author and futurist Ray Kurzweil believes that by 2029 we will be able to build personal super-computers which emulate human intelligence, helping us to have a more detailed understanding of all aspects of the human brain. By 2045 this "human software" will be able to learn and improve itself just like the human brain.

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No More Awkward Silences

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2030

No More Awkward Silences

Imagine being able to call on the world's knowledge at any given moment through a constant and more integrated internet connection? Erase awkward silences on a first date forever with instant access to unlimited converstaion starters and live computer-generated dating advice.

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The Future of Dating - Biotechnology

Population growth

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2030

UK population grows to 73 million

By 2030 the UK population is set to grow to 73 million people. But will this mean a bigger dating pool with more chances of finding love, or will it create a 'paradox of choice' where too much choice cripples our ability to choose?

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Dumped by Vine

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2030

Looping Video Break-Ups

In 2030, could the most intimate moments of our lives be consumed as "snack media" with relationship break-ups shared with the world as looping videos on Vine? Dating will certainly become faster, smarter and perhaps even more public. But will this allow us to focus on more promising long-lasting relationships or will we sacrifice too much of our privacy?

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50% of Relationships Start Online

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2031

Half of UK Relationships Begin Online

A 2014 study by eHarmony.co.uk and trend experts at The Future Foundation predicts that by 2031 more UK relationships will start online than offline. 38% of these will be from dating sites and a further 12% from other websites. Online dating will contribute more than £256 million to the UK economy.

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The Future of Dating - Biotechnology

Life Expectancy Increases

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2035

UK Life Expectency Increases

By 2035, the life expectancy of UK males is set to increase from 78.5 years old to 83.3 and from 82.6 to 87 for females. This means there's more time to date as big life and relationship milestones get pushed back to later life, such as having kids and getting married. In fact by 2035 only 5% males aged 25 are expected to be married compared to 60% in 1974.

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Virtual Telepathy

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2039

Dating and Virtual Telepathy

"One day, I believe we'll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology" . So says Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg anyway. If it does happen, could virtual telepathy change long distance relationships for the better by allowing couples to connect in an immediate way?

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Virtual Dating

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2040

Virtual Reality Dating

Scientists have predicted that by 2040 our data transfer speeds will be so fast that virtual reality will be - well - a reality! But what does that mean for dating? Imagine meeting someone "face to face" from the comfort of your own house but be able to smell their aftershave/perfume, taste food in a restaurant, or even touch the small of their back.

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Machine Learning

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2040

Big Data and Machine Learning

Technology will be able to not only help decide who you should date, but people will start relying on smart technology such as big data and machine learning to influence long-term life decisions. These might be questions like: when to get married, how many children to have and those really important questions such as what clothes to wear or what car to purchase.

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Free-for-all Data

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2040

Free-for-all Data

Could you imagine showing your past self what data we now share with social networking sites? Society's tolerance of sharing personal data has grown with the rise of technology and the Internet as we see the benefit to us enough to outweigh the risk.

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The Future of Dating - Biotechnology

DNA Dating

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2040

DNA Dating

In 2003 it cost $80 million to sequence DNA from a cell. In 2015 it costs only £10,000. DNA analysis - with the potential to unlock the innate laws of attraction - could cost as little as $1000 by 2040. Increased affordability will allow more extensive research into this field, in turn giving us a clearer insight into how our own genetic make-up plays a role in physical and emotional attraction.

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Body language

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2040

Body language

Your genetic make-up, along with chemical & electrical signal analysis will be used to understand your online dating preferences. Forget questionnaires where you have to do all of the work, your live reactions and online history will be analysed to feed computer algorithms designed to find you a compatible mate.

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Holograms

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2040

Holographic smart phones projected out of your chest

The 21st century is all about multi-tasking, but try browsing your online dating matches while you walk down the street and you'll make some busy commuters rather angry. Cue new holographic technology which will project your smartphone from your chest so you can catch up with messages or browse your new online dating matches while on the move hands-free.

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The World Speeds Up

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2040

Average Transport Speeds Increase to 960km/h

Imagine arranging a date in Paris and being able to travel there in just 21 minutes! Your pool of potential dates has suddently more than doubled in size. And for those who think our heads are in the clouds, SpaceX are working with the greatest minds right now to create a "hyperloop" with a one mile test track next to their offices in California.

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Virtual Reality

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2040

Will Online Dating Become 100% Virtual?

Dating becomes available for everyone in 2040, no matter where you are with fully-realised virtual dating allowing people to connect on a different, perhaps even deeper level.

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The Future of Dating - Biotechnology

The Ultimate Computer

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2045

Human Software: Store, Learn, Grow, Repeat

Futurist Ray Kurzweil, believes that "technological singularity" will have been achieved by 2045 as computers overtake the human brain in the capacity to self-improve. Computers will become part of us, enhancing human functions and enabling us to store huge amounts of data. Human life and human relationships - with computers and with each other - are set to be very different to what we now know.

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The Future of Dating - Future

What's next?

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Future

What's next?

Seven out of ten relationships are predicted to start online by 2040. But what else will have changed? Tell us what you think the #FutureOfDating looks like by tweeting us @eHarmonyUK with #FutureOfDating.

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