A Brief History of Matchmaking

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The history of matchmaking is an interesting subject that finds its roots in the past of countries around the world. The Netherlands, Russia, India, Korea and Thailand all practice the time honored tradition of matchmaking.

In some cultures, the role of the matchmaker is quite professionalized. The acceptance of dating systems, has created a resurgence in the role of the traditional professional matchmaker. Those who find dating systems or services useful but prefer human intelligence and personal touches can choose from a wide range of matchmaking services.

Matchmakers have been considered the “middleman” by introducing potential candidates for centuries. Does history repeat itself?

Historically, in many cultures parents would request the assistance of a matchmaker in finding a suitable spouse for their child. The job of the matchmaker was important because dating and free choice of a marriage partner was not allowed. The only way for young people to marry was by arranged marriage. For centuries, the matchmaker’s job was to check the ethnic identity and compatibility of the proposed couple.

In the history of matchmaking it is fair to say that the majority of the worlds past relationship were in some form matched. Whether it was at the hands of your parents, your church or your peers at college we have been socially guided down a certain relationship path. When the boy meets the right girl for him we say the couple “makes sense”. Meaning, their families, their spiritual beliefs, their financially background and educational levels are somewhat equal. The history of matchmaking continues to be re-written as we modern matchmakers continue the honored tradition.

If you are still looking for love, today’s matchmakers often involve algorithms rather than in-person interviews. But there might be a charm in going back to more traditional times.

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