A Brief History of Internet Love: From writing letters to taking selfies, how we have been in love for 30 years

I especially believe in you. There are many good people in the world, but you are the most important one. If you are willing, I will always love you, if you are not willing, I will always love you.

Tomorrow is the Qixi Festival, and I suddenly remembered the words in Wang Xiaobo's book "Love You Like Love Life". In an age when love can only be conveyed and recorded by writing letters, he made me feel for the first time that the love in the book can be true in reality.

▲ Wang Xiaobo and Li Yinhe

When Arpanet, the predecessor of the Internet, was born in 1969, love followed the waves of the Internet and became seeds of various forms. It grew into a brand new one on which piece of the Internet landed. Looks like.

People who have jumped from the past to the present may also find it hard to believe that the former love staying in a letter has now turned into a selfie.

Love from 1994-2006: simple words, enough to express

Looking back at this "A Brief History of Internet Love", we must start from the 1990s.

The Internet has been socializing online for nearly 30 years, and it has also witnessed the changes in the form of people's love records.

The 90s was still the PC Internet era. It was also at this time that the Internet began to take the world by storm, and the interaction between people and information was changed, and people's handwritten love diaries began to become electronic versions.

The voices on the radio, the emails sent from far away, and the post I look forward to every day are all ways to record love.

▲ Picture from: Memory Nantong

A voice, a letter

Although broadcasting appeared as early as the 1920s, it may be our first experience of the flow of love in the airwaves.

It’s on a high school campus. The girl who has a crush on you secretly ordered you "Heart is Beating", which made you booby all the classmates; it was also on the radio. The mark of the beginning of your love.

At that time, the broadcast was always close, but Zeng Yuan's love in the horizon also began to draw on the Internet.

A letter from the past turned into an e-mail, perhaps the most obvious sign.

▲ Picture from: "Electronic Love Letter"

In 1998, Joe was the owner of a large bookstore in New York, whose online name was NY152, and Catherine also ran a small bookstore, and her online name was shopgirl.

Every night comes, they communicate by e-mail, telling the sweetness and troubles of their lives, guessing what the other person in front of the screen looks like, and they rubbed a sentence in the e-mail with their eyes, nervous, anticipating, and emotional. Undercurrent. He said in the email:

I really want to chat with you face to face. This type of communication is very strange, everything is nonsense. But I just want to say that these nonsense to me is more important than many things.

If you have read "Electronic Love Letters" and come from that era, you may resonate with this beauty.

New York at that time didn't look like Sex and the City, except for the squeaking birds of the streets in the morning and the scent of daisies in front of the keyboard at night.

▲ Picture from: "Electronic Love Letter"

One post, one article

But many people really start "online dating" from a post.

In 1994, China's first Internet BBS Suguang site was launched, and Ma Huateng also set up his own BBS at that time. The emergence of BBS allowed early Internet users to enter an unprecedented online carnival.

Between moderators, moderators, and moderators, all kinds of love take turns.

▲ Shuimu Tsinghua is the official BBS of Tsinghua University. It was once one of the most popular BBSs in Mainland China

There used to be a forum called Siege. A girl named Shui and a boy named Chen. They announced their relocation on the first day after opening the post, and on the second day they said they wanted to be here in the bridal chamber. Their love words were exquisite and noble in the post. I couldn't turn over many pages, but on the seventh day, Shui said that he loved the Internet to the extreme, and his heartache could not be self-sustaining, so he bid farewell to Chen and the relationship ended.

The Tianya community, which was also launched in 1999, also left a lot of this kind of strange online love, but at that time it made people feel "tragic" online love. Murong Xuecun, Sister Furong, and Mingyue of the year were also popular there. .

Many people even fell in love with the person behind it because of the writing of a post.

▲ Screenshot of Tianya Forum

Until 1999, when the predecessor of QQ, OICQ, was born, people began to chat with it day and night in Internet cafes, waiting for the avatars of their favorite people to flash up. Later, after the popularity of Qzone, people gradually fell in love with writing love diaries on webpages, leaving their own sorrows there.

When the Internet has gradually spread to every city, Renren.com, Kaixin.com, and Sina blogs have been launched one after another. Xu Jinglei started a "blogging trend" in 2006, and people in love have followed suit and wrote love chapters. Experience is a story, and every love is like a novel.

The love recorded at that time was a bit ignorant and naive, but also a bit cute. In retrospect, it is also true and illusion.

▲ The first version of QQ: OICQ

2007-2016 Love Diary: The Age of Fragments, Converging into a Sea

Beginning in 2010, 3G mobile networks appeared, and smart phones began to be staffed. The second stage of the Internet: the era of mobile Internet, also followed. This is an era of information explosion. The way people and people socialize are changed, and the way people record love has also become fast-paced and fragmented.

Short texts, chat messages, and chat voices have become a new way for us to relive love.

Some fragments, some thoughts

When Twitter introduced a new mode of micro-blog in July 2006, people hadn't noticed at this time how this kind of information dissemination method of no more than 140 words would bring about a huge change in our future social interaction.

Of course, this domestic social method of updating short texts in real time was not detonated by Twitter, but by Sina Weibo, which was founded in 2009.

In the early days of Weibo’s creation, celebrities had only come to this place, and artists hadn’t used it as a marketing tool. They express their opinions boldly and recklessly, and even reply to the messages of every fan.

Wu Jing's early Weibo recorded his "loneliness." Longing for love, he expresses his conviction on Weibo: Brothers are married and envy, Valentine's Day is coming, and Double Eleven also comforts himself that he will not be single next year…

▲ Picture from: Weibo @吴京

People also show their true self and delicate emotions here. Through those short texts, they can perceive each other's thoughts and thoughts, and also record everything about their single or romantic state. All feelings are filled with the smell of human fireworks here.

The following year, Sohu, NetEase, and Tencent all established "Weibo" platforms. A short and fast social wave has affected everyone who is looking at objects on their mobile phones——

From secret love, to confession, to love, to quarrel, to break up, to fall in love, get along, and get married, short texts share the bits and pieces of love. Every moment of life stays in this social sea.

Some messages, some voices

Until 2011, WeChat came, and new acquaintance socializing began.

Lei Jun’s Mi Talk and Ding Lei’s Yixin both joined the new track of social acquaintances, but in the end WeChat was still the winner. At this time, people's love relationship has become close. The text and voice messages in the dialog box with the object every day have become the new recorder of love.

When we see a person who is thrilled, the first thought in our heads is: I want him (her) to ask for WeChat;

When I sent the message "Hello, classmate Jiang! I’m Yuan Xiangqin from Class F" to the person I had a crush on, my heartbeat was already banging and the deer crashed. Finally, after the other party replied "Hi", my hands were panicking typing on the screen. Began to tremble uncontrollably;

Even if you live with your partner, 90% of the time after you go out, you may be crackling typing and posting love packs on WeChat. The chat records leave you with your daily food, drinking and fun, every birthday greeting, and annual anniversary celebrations…

Of course, everyone is also secretly judging in these messages: the number of words in the chat records of two people is more or less, you can see whether the other person is concerned or perfunctory; the speed of replying to the message can be seen how deeply this person loves you; Someday forgot to say good morning or night to say good night, this person must be strange that day…

Chat history has even turned people into love detectives and love liars. In the deep night, some people will often wake up carefully and quietly, click on the green app on the other party’s phone to confirm whether they are also wearing them on their heads. A green hat.

At the same time, in addition to text and sound, photos and videos have also begun to open the next blue ocean in Internet social networking.

2017-2021 love: anytime, anywhere, natural memorial

Now, when we turn on the phone, we are used to sliding our fingers in the dazzling pictures and short videos one after another.

▲ Picture from: Unsplash

The mobile Internet in the past has continued to expand, and all content of people, things, and society has begun to connect. 5G and AI have made the Internet of Things more popular. The past "cultural love" has gradually faded. All the records about love are also Become more visualized, simplified and instantaneous.

For young people today, a large number of selfie photos and videos are a new way to record love, and it is also the fastest, most convenient and most comprehensive way to record love.

▲ Shooting with vivo S10 Pro

Countless photos

When smartphones became popular, people were only used to recording their love life with the rear camera of the mobile phone, but in fact, the best way for two people to be together and record both at the same time is to "jump into" the front camera together. .

Whether it is hanging out with objects, interactions in life, or daily impromptu recordings, people are accustomed to tapping a selfie, leaving those happy and beautiful moments in the camera.

The popularity of selfies is inseparable from WeChat, Weibo, and the emergence of multiple social platforms such as Douban, Xiaohongshu, Instant, and Soul. This allows people to continuously use various forms and tricks to record love, recall love, and show affection on these platforms.

▲ Little Red Book

The technology and functions of the front camera have the most direct impact on selfies.

In the past, selfies were low in pixels, or had fewer functions and insufficient applicable scenes. In this age of beauty and vision, the front camera has also begun to upgrade rapidly.

A clear and natural selfie is very important-so now the mobile phones on the market are constantly upgrading the front camera, many of which have reached 30 million pixels. Take the earliest company in the mobile phone industry, vivo, which has insight into the needs of the public for selfies, they have recently released the new vivo. In the S10 series, the front main camera has even reached 44 million pixels.

Its front lens can also perform AF autofocus, allowing couples to take selfies more clearly; and another 8-megapixel 105° ultra-wide-angle lens can make the front shot wider while also realizing the restoration.

▲ Vivo S10 Pro shooting-natural soft light portrait

It is also important to record love at all times-not only to record the day, but also to record the night. After all, for young people today, night may be the real day.

Therefore, mobile phone manufacturers are constantly updating their selfie technology under night scenes. Let’s continue to take the vivo S10 as an example. Its “full-scene night portrait” function allows people to shoot brightly at various nights: in ordinary nights, the built-in ultra-clear algorithm in the lens can instantly brighten you and the subject; polar night In the environment, when the bipolar night soft light is turned on, people can brightly record the beautiful moments until the sunrise when walking on the seaside in the middle of the night.

▲ Vivo S10 Pro shooting-full scene night portrait

When selfies have become a way of life, it has also been carried more expectations-such as more filters, more styles, and more beauty features.

As a result, various camera apps began to emerge in an endless stream, but the fastest and most direct way is to have these functions on the phone itself.

In fact, mobile phones now come with more interesting, updated, and more fun selfies. For example, the beauty can be more real and natural. The filters can be European, American or Japanese, and the island can also be pastoral; the style can be refreshing from time to time. , Sometimes retro, sometimes advanced, sometimes gentle, and even become comic style…

▲ Vivo S10 Pro shooting-Pop comic special effects

Now open the photo album again, slap – thousands of selfies.

Countless videos

In fact, the frequency of couples taking selfie videos now is about the same as taking selfie photos.

Because, now the most popular social platform, the short video app is absolutely indispensable.

When Douyin turned out in 2017, the number of users of this short video app grew rapidly, making it addicted to men, women and children. At the same time, Kuaishou, founded in 2011, has transformed into a short video community. It is now on par with Douyin and is popular in both the north and the south. Station B, established in 2009, is also getting more and more popular. It has become the favorite video platform of generation Z and a vlog for couples to shoot daily. , Can be seen everywhere on these platforms.

▲ Picture from Shutterstock

Now, people can also pick up mobile selfie videos anytime, anywhere. The latest front camera of vivo S10 not only supports 4K 60fps, giving people more editing space in post-production, and just like taking photos, selfie videos now also support background blur. .

When people pick up their phones, they are no longer just to simply record love materials, but also to pursue the effect and quality of selfie videos.

Video shooting also has more rich filters, vivo S10 can even perform HDR super backlight video shooting… The functions of these selfie videos are becoming more and more powerful, making selfies a part of our daily lives.

▲ Vivo S10 Pro shooting-automatic background blur

From the natural soft light portraits of selfie photos, full-scene night portraits, fashionable beauty shots, to the multi-functional ultra-clear shooting of selfie videos, it can be said that the vivo S10 has recorded the most natural look in love.

When we use better selfies and videos to record love, those lively moments are like being intercepted directly from life. When we relive the past, they happen as if we were in front of our eyes.

Looking back over the past 30 years, everything has changed, and the way of recording love has undergone several tremendous changes.

But whether it is mail or post, message or voice, photo or video, what remains the same is that when we record, we can find the shadow we once loved at any time in any form.

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