Friendship dating online for love
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 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 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.
Your dating network was the next step out from your inner circle.
The model predicted “nearly complete racial integration” as well as stronger marriages because of online dating.
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