Internet dating is becoming more and more popular

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A partner in the time of Jane Austen was usually handpicked or at least approved of by the parents.

If you disagreed with your parents’ choice, or if your parents were unable to find you a partner, you would have to either accept your fate, or find different ways to look for someone.

But is this a positive development or something to be concerned about?

It is estimated that the first personal ad was placed around the end of the 17th century and its popularity really took off in the early 18th century.Effective dating definitely needs to take place in person, the same way your grandfather did it, but I see no good reason why happens—and for the most important mission in most of our lives, it makes no sense to crush your ability to meet great people to try a first date with because it’s not as good a story to have met them online.I have a friend that goes on two or three first dates every week with people he already knows are potentially good personality and physical matches for him—how you find the right person, and good luck keeping up with him meeting people the old-fashioned way.In fact, 35 percent of people said they’ve experienced the rejection of that lame disappearing act. Other popular ways of online rejection include having your messages go ignored (29 percent), being unfriended on social media (27 percent), and having a former lover post pictures of themselves with their new beau (10 percent).Want more of Bustle's Sex and Relationships coverage?

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