Back in the old days, people could just go out and find friends through meeting people, enjoying mutual interests as a group and through being friendly to them. In situations like that, friendships start to form, and with time a level of trust can begin to grow out of those friendships. Of course, nowadays we live in a society where it seems as though nobody trusts anybody else under any circumstances. So what is a person going to do, since human beings are naturally very sociable creatures? Under circumstances like the society in which we live today, the best option that is available to most of us is to go online to find our newest friends.
Granted, the Internet is primarily being used right now as a method by which people can find significant others and the occasional hookup, it actually has uses beyond that. You can actually find yourself some friends this way, instead of simply finding yourself a string of notches on your bed post followed by your future spouse. Naturally, the notion of using one’s computer as a means of finding friends has some very peculiar roots to it, and they do go back a good deal further than just the starting of Match or eHarmony.
Believe it or not, the online world first started out as a series of different bulletin boards, in which people who were computer literate back in the 80s (before the Internet existed in its current form and was available to ordinary people) could talk to one another in much the same style as people do on forums nowadays. Naturally, back then the group was very highly tilted toward maleness, which made finding lovers a bit more difficult for heterosexuals. However, finding people who shared your particular affinities was a veritable breeze. This trend has continued through the development of the Internet, letting people constantly find friends.