How online dating has changed society
But after the first dating websites, including Match.com, were launched in 1995, there was a rapid increase in interracial marriages, the researchers found.
“During the 2000s decade, the percentage of new marriages that are interracial changed from 10.68 percent to 15.54 percent, a huge increase of nearly 5 percentage points, or 50 percent,” the researchers wrote.
And it’s changed the game for dating as a sexual minority—the internet is now the No. But online dating might also be altering the very fabric of society.
The connections we make on dating apps aren’t just expanding our own social circles—connecting us with people we’d likely never meet organically—and helping to integrate the country, too.
The model predicted “nearly complete racial integration” as well as stronger marriages because of online dating.
The model “suggests that the diversity of societies, measured by the number of interracial marriages in it, should increase drastically after the introduction of online dating,” Ortega and Hergovich wrote in their paper.
With that, interracial dating and marriage has blossomed and will continue to do so, they found.
When the researchers added these random online connections to their model, instances of interracial relationships went way up, even when each person was only making a few new connections.
Before the dawn of online dating, relationships started like this: You had a tight-knit inner circle, but that wasn’t where you’d find your dates.
The red line represents meeting online, and the bright blue line represents meeting through friends.
Graph taken from “The Strength of Absent Ties: Social Integration via Online Dating” by Josue Ortega and Philipp Hergovich.
The prevalence of smart phones mean we are always contactable, social media allows others to get to know us before we have even met, and dating apps give us an abundance of choice in a suitable partner or partners.
This article focuses on how technology has changed dating. Mine met on a double blind date in which my mother and father had mutual friends who introduced them.The more important people for your romantic life existed in your outer circle—people introduced to you by your close friends and family, folks you’d run into at places you hung out, someone you’d meet in class or at church.