The First Computerized Dating Service

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  • Thursday, April 10 2008 @ 02:29 pm
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In 1965 the first computer dating service called Operation Match was born at Wesleyan. Questionnaires where sent to college campuses all over the United States where students would answer questions about their physical appearance, interests and their ideal date using a scale of 1 to 5. The students would then send in their answers along with a $3 fee. The answers where then transferred to computer punch cards which a Avco 1790 read. There were thousands of responses and it took about 6 weeks to create lists of matches for all applicants. The list of matches where then mailed back to the students.

For more information on Operation Match check out The New York Times article called, Computing the Mysteries of Attraction.