I was in high school in 1978, and I ended up being a person who was assigned to work on a computer station. There were kids from high schools logging into the same system, and we started talking to each other. (SOUNDBITE OF BEEPS) FIEHLER: And the big surprise for them was that I was a girl. I actually made friends with a guy from another high school, and we ended up going to each other's proms.
(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: You will soon be receiving your new HP 3000 computer system. We did a lot of dancing, and the theme of the night with Bob Seger's "We've Got Tonight." (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WE'VE GOT TONIGHT") BOB SEGER: (Singing) Oh, we've got tonight.
A Pew study found that from 2013 to 2015, the number of users aged 55 to 64 years old who dated online doubled from six to 12 percent.
The surge in older online daters has led to dating apps with a minimum age requirement.
Among a list of interests on his profile, he wrote: "Time machines (I'm just checking to see if anybody's reading this far)." "That made me laugh," Fiehler says, so she wrote him back: "You have a time machine?
" "I wish I had a time machine so I could think up a clever response to your question," Raidel replied.
After high school, I joined the military and got stationed in Great Britain.
"The computer and these applications aren't isolating, they're actually providing incredibly rich connections for people ...
and it can be really worthwhile." STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Few things are quite so personal or so revealing as how people date.
The lack of messages sometimes led to feelings of disappointment and cancelling paid dating accounts, the study found.
Fiehler, for her part, kept at it, saying she still found an upside to online interactions that she didn't experience in more traditional ways of dating.