Earth & Conservation

Video Dating: The Tinder of the 70s & 80s

Online dating is common now, but there was a time when using technology to help you find a relationship wasn't so cool.

As time marches on, the idea of finding a romantic partner online becomes more normal. According to the Pew Research Center, the number of 18 to 24-year-olds who use online dating nearly tripled from 2013 to 2015.

But before the Internet came along, people didn't take technology-assisted dating too seriously. Just ask Steve and Sherry Liddick, who met in 1978 through a video dating service -- the analog version of online dating.

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Video dating didn't have a great reputation. Many of Steve and Sherry's friends called them losers for using a matchmaking service to help them find love. That kind of stigmatization lasted through the early days of online dating.

But as the technology evolved, our attitude evolved with it. Today, tens of millions of people are online dating. Pew's latest study shows that 80% of online daters in the U.S. think it's a good way to meet someone. And 62% say it helps them find better matches.

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"The thing about technology is, it's there, we have to deal with it," Steve said. "If you were traveling from New York to Los Angeles, would you go in a covered wagon? That's the same theory I have for dating. You use the technology that's available now."

SourceFed's Bree Essrig talks to a couple who braved the pre-Internet days of video dating, and fell in love.