Dating over the years
But widespread online dating has upended that tradition.When you meet a potential match online, they’re typically a complete stranger, someone totally out of your orbit (unless you live in a small town).The next time you’re absentmindedly swiping left and right, remember you could be part of a massive social shift.Katie Moritz Katie Moritz is Rewire’s web editor and a Pisces who enjoys thrift stores, rock concerts and pho.She covered politics for a newspaper in Juneau, Alaska, before driving down to balmy Minnesota to help produce long-standing public affairs show “Almanac” at Twin Cities PBS. Reach her via email at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @katecmoritz and on Instagram @yepilikeit.The social rules for dating change from one generation to the next.
For the past 100 years, the researchers wrote, this was the way things were done.As online dating became more popular, interracial marriages continued to increase. “It is interesting that this increase occurs shortly after the creation of Tinder, considered the most popular online dating app,” Ortega and Hergovich wrote.“Tinder, created in 2012, has approximately 50 million users [worldwide] and produces more than 12 million matches per day.” The researchers’ findings don’t prove that online dating is solely responsible for increased racial integration of social circles. Still, real-world relationships do follow spikes in digital use, everything from brief affairs to marriage.“Societies where online dating is available should produce marriages that are less likely to break up.” Real-life evidence seems to back up these findings.Interracial marriage has been on the rise since it was legalized across all states in 1967.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.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 so many people making connections like this these days, there’s a cross-pollination of social circles that didn’t exist previously, the researchers believe.The way couples meet changed significantly with the advent of online dating.