The idea of being able to find potential partners and even sort them by age, eye colour, location, sexual orientation, etc., was a major leap for the time.
However, because very few people even had an idea what the internet was, the usage of online dating was somewhat limited to computer geeks.
For example, the coming of smartphones has made it easy for users to take and upload multiple photos of themselves, simplifying the assessment of possible matches without wasting time.
Features such as live text chat, live video chat, etc., further reduce the time it takes to have a solid impression of a person.
For example, instead of spending time sifting through profiles looking for a vegetarian partner, all one has to do is sign up with a vegetation niche dating site.