But when modern-style “safety” bikes – with pedals, brakes and rubber tyres – first appeared in the 1890s, they were seen as agents of radical social change.
Beloved of socialists and suffragettes, bicycles became associated with emancipation and progress.
Tandem bicycles, immortalised in a song from 1892, “Daisy, Daisy”, let couples ride together. Women were expected to rely on male gallantry for repairs: “There are many punctures done on purpose, which necessitates a tête-à-tête walk home.”As bikes got cheaper, the craze came to an end, to the relief of scandalised Victorians who worried that cycling made women infertile, caused disease and loosened their morals.
In recent years another technology has expanded people’s social circles and dramatically broadened their romantic opportunities: online dating.
Like bicycles, apps and websites bring together people who might otherwise not have met, but on a far larger scale.
In America more than a third of marriages now start with a digital match-up.
It’s so easy and simple to meet someone special and hit the open road in you area.
Roll your eyes if you must, but a BMW ups your game by 149 percent, while a truck gives you a 41 percent boost.Evidence suggests that marriages in America between people who meet online are likely to be happier and last longer.Online dating also seems to be boosting interracial marriages by overcoming social divisions. Both technologies are, you might say, revolutionary.Look, of all the shameless things you could try to pull in order to score a date, making sure a Jeep is in the background of a photo seems like the easiest and least sleazy. Just go take a selfie in front of one, maybe making sure there is a leafy or outdoorsy background so it looks like you're as trail-rated as the Jeep. Whatever you do, stay far, far away from the now-defunct Patriot.Even if it gets you a date, do you really want to go out with the person who was impressed by Zoosk didn't simply analyze whether Jeeps help guys and gals out—it also looked at how other nameplates fared.