Found Footage Festival We all like to think that before online dating, couples met exclusively through romcom-ready meet-cutes at the airport or in the bookstore. But finding someone to date hasn't always been that easy — with or without Match. And if you want proof that technology has actually made things less awkward, a video from the '80s that's been making the rounds online will prove it. A classic "video dater.
It's been re-uploaded to Vimeo and YouTube 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. The footage in "Video Dating" is from , 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. The results are incredibly awkward. Combine them with the unfortunate mustaches and loud sweater patterns, and you have to cringe. Some of the men's best selling points include the following: Advertisement "Hi, I'm Maurice. I'm an executive by day and a wild man by night.
Are you the goddess? A goddess is a woman, the woman, it's all women. Three of the guys featured in it even got to appear on "The Ellen Show" in They're mostly still single. It's tough to find much info online about how the process of "video dating" actually worked beyond shooting videos like this one, but one Reddit user offered this explanation: What many of them did was have the members record a video introducing themselves.
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. Watch the entire cringe-worthy video below. And then maybe dash off a thank-you note to the inventor of your favorite dating app. Read the original article on Tech Insider. Follow Tech Insider on Facebook and Twitter.