Before the internet were the "lonely hearts" columns of the newspapers, which served the same purpose but at the speed of snail mail.
Folks used to be embarrassed to admit using those ads, too.
A female friend of mine would only date men who lived a minimum of one hour away—she liked the anonymity.
But I do have a friend who refuses to post a picture for professional reasons and he rarely gets any reponses.In fact, one woman admonished him for not posting a picture: "If I have to put one up there you should to," she said.Online dating is also convenient, or I should say as convenient as you'd like it to be.Most people I've interviewed prefer online dating to the bar scene because online dating offers a better chance of getting a first date.Post a reasonably attractive picture, sell your life's resume, and wait for the solicitations to pour in.
Neverthless, most people tend to date someone within a few miles of their home.