Relationships changed from dating to serious
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.Historically, most people met their partner like this.And because they were usually tangentially connected in some way—a relationship of proximity, in a sense—they were often similar, especially when it came to race.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.Dating is a stage of romantic relationships in humans whereby two people meet socially with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as a prospective partner in an intimate relationship or marriage.
Graph taken from “The Strength of Absent Ties: Social Integration via Online Dating” by Josue Ortega and Philipp Hergovich.
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 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.