Online Dating, Know Your Meme

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Online Dating is the practice of using web-based services or mobile applications to detect and interact with potential romantic playmates, and te most cases, to the end of arranging a date te auténtico life. Ter addition, many online dating sites and apps opoffering algorithm-based matchmaking services for users to lightly find compatible individuals based on a broad range of criteria, including age, gender, geographical location and individual interests.


Te 1993, the very first Internet dating webpagina [1] wasgoed founded by entrepreneurs Gary Kremen and Peng T. Ong, who aimed to create a proof-of-concept for electronic classified advertising systems. Te 1995, the webpagina wasgoed launched spil a free beta service, serving spil a matchmaker for users who created a profile on the webpagina containing pictures and individual information about themselves.



On March 4th, 2004, the founders of the literary webstek TheSpark launched the dating webpagina OKCupid, which pairs registered members based on their compatibility score determined through a series of survey questions. On August 29th, 2011, an article published ter August of 2011 to the tech news blog Gizmodo, which featured an expose by inwendig Alyssa Bereznak about an OkCupid date with the world champ Magic: The Gathering player Jon Finkel. Te the article, Bereznak insulted Finkel for playing the card spel and exposed that she would not have dated him if she were aware of the hobby beforehand. After the story wasgoed submitted to Reddit, Bereznak wasgoed inundated with attacks from various Redditors and Finkel participated ter an “ask mij anything” thread on the social news webstek.

Te 2012, the papapaka OKCupid gained online notoriety spil “Squart Man” for his explicit sexual fantasy descriptions, combined with numerous spelling and grammatical errors (shown below, left). On July 24th, the Tumblr blog “Fedoras of OKCupid” wasgoed launched, which quickly gained traction for openly shaming boys who wear fedoras ter their dating webpagina profile pictures (shown below, right).


On March 26th, 2009, the mobile dating and social networking application Grindr wasgoed launched, which serves spil a matchmaker for gay and hermafrodita users within close proximity to one another.

Dating Webpagina Murderer

On March 21st, 2011, Redditor spawn02000 posted a picture of himself to the /r/WTF subreddit, titled “I uploaded my picture to a dating site… So far no hits… :(” The photo wasgoed subsequently used by other Redditors to create the Dating Webpagina Murderer advice animal series, which features a top caption implying a murderous intent, followed by an innocuous or sweet bottom line.

Miss Travel

On April 10th, 2012, the dating webstek Miss Travel wasgoed created by founder and CEO Brandon Wade, which pairs wealthy fellows with attractive women who wish to travel for free. The webstek subsequently sparked many online discussions overheen its legality and appropriateness.


Te September 2012, the Tinder mobile dating application wasgoed launched on Apple iOS devices for students at the University of Southern California, the University of California at Los Angeles and select colleges ter Texas and Boston. The app serves spil a matchmaker for users within close proximity based on their preferences and has since flipped out for worldwide use.

Creepy White Guys

On February 2nd, 2013, the anonymous blog Creepy White Guys wasgoed created on Tumblr, which features politically incorrect, racially insensitive or otherwise off-putting pick up lines sent from Caucasian dudes to Asian women on online dating and social networking sites.

Bye Felipe

On October 14th, 2014, the “Bye Felipe” Instagram feed wasgoed launched by Los Angeles resident Alexandra Tweten to highlight screenshots of abusive or hostile responses to rejection sent by guys on various online dating sites.

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