Category: relationships

Americans are now most likely to have met their romantic partners online, which was of course impossible just a few decades ago. They are also taking longer to move in together, and to marry, than ever before.

In 1965, Harvard students used a dating questionnaire and an IBM 1401—an early version of the computer—to match co-eds seeking love. Students would fill out a questionnaire. It would be copied onto punch cards, and fed into the computer, and within seconds 5 potential partners would be spit out. Workers would then mail the results back to the student.

The service was called “Operation Match,” and it cost about $3 per person (or about $22 today).

The Journal Times, Racine, Wisconsin, June 30, 1936

News-Journal, Mansfield, Ohio, March 30, 1936

Pine Bluff Daily Graphic, Kansas, August 8, 1912

John Kennedy was known as a serial cheater. While John F. Kennedy was still a senator, Jacqueline paid a surprise visit to his office and caught him receiving oral sex at his desk from a temp. She had to be offered over $1 million by John’s father to stay in the marriage, because Jacqueline leaving would ruin John’s presidential hopes.

After one particularly ugly fight between Jacqueline and John Kennedy over his infidelities, he had her briefly sent to a psychiatric clinic in Massachusetts. There she received electroshock therapy, which she called “the nightmare ride of my life,” according to one recent biography.

Just to repeat: for being angry that her husband was cheating on her, the future president of the United States had Jacqueline declared mentally unfit and given electric shocks. And having his wife incarcerated for mental instability hurt John’s political career not at all, whereas Jacqueline divorcing him would have potentially ended his political career.

Bismarck Tribune, North Dakota, August 24, 1883