Benefits of online dating websites
While many have worried about the long-term potential of dating apps and sites, research suggests that such tools may actually be helping more people to get together in new ways, and for good.
While it’s great to have so many fish in the sea–it can be a bit exhausting having to weed out the good from the bad.
The team also sought to account for other potential factors, such as rising Asian and Hispanic populations in the US.
Using this framework, they then successfully demonstrated through 10,000 simulations that adding online dating to our traditional partnering patterns--which rely heavily on people we already know, and who are often ethnically similar to us--could help explain the recent greater-than-predicted rise in interracial marriages. With the help of researchers and data hounds across several continents, they concluded, "When a society benefits from previously absent ties, social integration occurs rapidly, even if the number of partners met online is small ... marriages over time, including rises from the projected increase surrounding the creation of Match.com, Ok Cupid, and Tinder.
Ortega explained over Skype that while he'd been witnessing the trend all around him, he realized he "had no idea" what the experience or real-world impacts could be.
"I realized that all my students were using Tinder, which sounded to me like some kind of scam.