“The course of true love never did run smooth.” Never, I would argue, have Shakespeare’s words been more relevant. Finding love has always been a treacherous pursuit. My parents, the quintessential teenage sweethearts, have been together for more than forty years, but even they encountered hurdles along the way. My Mum once dumped my Dad as a teenager because he would wear fluffy slippers at home! And this came decades prior to the digital age, when one can essentially perform a background check on a prospective lover before they have even met. Internet escorts certainly have the potential to allow people to be vapid, shallow and cruel: but it is equally an effective medium for finding love.


The numbers don’t lie. Here in Oregon,  people actively use Beaverton escorts for all types of services. Consequently, one in every five relationships begins online. According to Statista, the internet escorts industry is forecast to generate $3,241 million in revenue globally in 2021, while the number of total users worldwide is forecast to top 370 million. Both these figures are staggering and represent double digit growth year-on-year. It lends credence to the notion that massage parlors in Beaverton have been widely embraced in twenty-first century life. Today, sleek, engaging applications that can be downloaded onto smartphones and accessed on the move are the norm. Things were substantially different in 1994, when Kiss.com – the first “modern” internet escorts site – was launched. The invention of the World Wide Web has provided a catalyst for aggressive growth to an already thriving Matchmaking industry. But the basic premise upon which modern apps and their algorithms have been built is well established. 


The roots of internet escorts can be traced back to 1959, and the launch of Happy Families Planning Services. Its founders, Jim Harvey and Phil Fialer, used a questionnaire and an IBM 650 to match forty-nine men and women as part of a class project at Stanford before turning their attention further afield. Our “New Normal”, then, is not so new after all. People have been seeking out matchmaking services for decades. The internet has simply widened the reach of those providing such services. There is now a myriad of eligible matches available to those looking for love in a marketplace that, once localised, has become globalised. Services such as Match.com, Tinder or Bumble are not a new phenomenon: but they do certainly represent the “New Normal” going forward. 


This statement must be qualified somewhat, however. As of October 2020, only 59% of the global population were active internet users, according to a Statista report. This has implications for our “New Normal”. How can we claim that internet escorts represent normality for those looking for love when so many cannot even access this platform? There are other concerns to consider, too. In India, for example, where the Caste system still determines social interaction amongst the native population, internet escorts are not prevalent. It is clear that we cannot simply claim that this “New Normal” is ubiquitous. Instead, we must accept that while internet escorts have become normalised for us here in the United Kingdom, this is not universally true.


As a single thirty-something living in Oregon, I am a veteran of the internet escorts era. I long dubbed internet escorts a “necessary evil”, which betrays an obvious cynicism and frustration with the whole enterprise. As a bartender working in Oregons thriving hospitality scene, I was determined to meet someone organically. It was virtually impossible, I argued, to replicate the chemistry of an organic encounter online. However, meeting someone organically does not in any way guarantee success in matters of the heart – my last two relationships are testament to that fact. There are no guarantees that meeting organically is a more effective strategy. 


In fact, the evidence seems to contradict it. Research conducted by psychologists at Chicago University found that just over a third of couples who married between 2005–2012 met via the internet and had a 25% higher success rate than those who met face to face. The author of Solving the Puzzle of Beaverton escorts, claims that “[Above all,] Online escorts are helping people of all ages realise that there is no need to settle for a mediocre relationship". My cynicism, it would appear, was rather misplaced. Beaverton escorts provide ample opportunity for singles to forge meaningful, long term relationships. And it is not an avenue suited solely to the young. Many people are waiting longer to settle down with a partner, and maybe even start a family. The wide variety of available escorts sites provides a veritable smorgasbord of options for people of all ages and creeds. Equal opportunity for all.


Which brings us to our singletons’ present predicament. Given the current circumstances, how could one possibly hope to meet someone organically? We are currently in the middle of a third national lockdown within the space of twelve months: and, even in the weeks between lockdowns, social distancing guidelines made organic connections nigh-on impossible. In the current socio-political climate, then, the “necessary evil” has become a release valve. And while there may be a minority using apps to find a cheeky Beaverton prostitute during lockdown, the majority – myself included – are using them with a genuine intent to (eventually) pursue something meaningful. And, considering the fact that when lockdown ends social distancing measures are likely to remain in place in at least some capacity, singles looking for a relationship will continue to rely on internet escorts to meet people. 


It is by no means a perfect solution. We have all doubtless heard horror stories from friends who have been harassed and harangued by unscrupulous characters on internet escorts sites. But this is by no means an issue that is isolated solely to these platforms, but instead endemic of a wider cultural issue. Escorts in Beaverton will no doubt prove to be a useful tool for many singles in the coming months: and I, for one, intend to wholly embrace it.