It shows that, contrary to what was previously believed, the first computerized dating system in either the US or the UK was run by a woman.For Valentine’s Day, 1961, the cartoonist Charles Addams—of Addams Family fame—drew a futuristic cover for the New Yorker." Jailhouse lovin'As boldly announces on its homepage, there are all sorts of "lonely attractive inmates" out there who would love to have penpals.
Doing so makes more visible the heteronormativity that silently structures much of our technological infrastructure and helps bring other questions about gender, race, and class into the foreground. Psychedelia and New Journalism, civil rights and the Velvet Underground, JFK and the sexual revolution. Decades before Match.com, Ok Cupid, and Craigslist there existed a different sort of online interaction.The last gift spawned something else entirely -- the 1960s introduced us to computer dating. The 1960s sport carried many of the same hazards and thrills as virtual matchmaking today.Abstract: Although online dating has only recently become culturally acceptable and widespread, using computers to make romantic matches has a long history.But rather than revolutionizing how people met and married, this article shows how early computerized dating systems re-inscribed conservative social norms about gender, race, class, and sexuality.