Great article. As someone who lived in both worlds, I found the internet era far superior. Blind dates were infrequent. You had to “know someone who knew someone who happened to be single.” They often felt like obligations. Your friends and family worked hard to set it up. You couldn’t say no.
Plus, people got stood up more often. You see your blind date at the bar, you don’t like what you see so you bolt or give the “not feeling well” excuse. I never did that but I knew people who did. I may have done the not feeling well excuse once. Can’t recall :)
When match.com came around in the 2000's frequency and quality of dates improved, despite the early the early stigma.
And what ever happened to meeting someone in a bar? It may not have been the most romantic but it was the most exciting