And if you want proof that technology has actually made things The clip is called "Video Dating" and was uploaded by Found Footage Festival, a group that culls unbelievable clips from vintage VHS tapes, a few years ago.
It's been re-uploaded to Vimeo and You Tube so many times that it's tough to tell how many times it's been viewed, but it's gone viral a few times over.
Just when you thought you'd seen it all, along comes Rent-A-Friend. Perfect for those who've decided that they're lonely.
The footage in "Video Dating" is from 1987, FFF says, and features men basically delivering the video equivalent of a Tinder bio.
They sit in front of colorful backgrounds and try to sell themselves to the women who are (hopefully) watching. Combine them with the unfortunate mustaches and loud sweater patterns, and you have to cringe.
[...] In order to view the videos people would go into the service's building.
The staff would typically give people a bunch of videos to look at that they had pre-screened for common interests, much like dating sites do now but it was done by people rather than computers." So yeah, just think about how much effort and desperation took next time you think creating a new online dating profile is too much trouble. And then maybe dash off a thank-you note to the inventor of your favorite dating app.
We all like to think that before online dating, couples met exclusively through romcom-ready meet-cutes at the airport or in the bookstore.