If you wanted to meet someone, your best bet was heading to what was most commonly reffered to as a "singles bar."
Or, you could put and ad out in the paper. Good luck with that.
In the 80's and 90's, thechnology started to play a part. Video dating is the closest thing you had to online dating.
Say you meet someone you like. You have to make sure you get thier phone number. No Facebook adding or dating website messaging.
I you were running late for a date, the only thing you could do was find a pay phone and try to call them. Obviously, before cell phones.
But finally they do show up. You sit down to talk. You now realize, you know NOTHING about this person. (No info from Google, Facebook, or online profile)