Effect of online dating on society
But online dating has changed that, and people now meet strangers through these sites But when the researchers added links between people without a connection – such as through online dating - the level of interracial marriage rapidly increased.
Speaking to MIT Technology Review, the researchers said: 'Our model predicts nearly complete racial integration upon the emergence of online dating, even if the number of partners that individuals meet from newly formed ties is small.'Adding links was also found to increase the strength of marriages in society.
And while you might think that online dating takes away the personal aspect of courting, Dr Ortega explained that he doesn't believe this is the case.
He told Mail Online: 'I do not think meeting someone on Tinder is much different than meeting them in a bar.
Researchers suggest that this new way of looking for love is connecting communities in novel ways, and even leads to more interracial and stable marriage.
Scroll down for video A new study indicates that online dating is even impacting the nature of society.
After all, people are less likely to form a romantic relationship with a close friend and more likely to date a person connected to their friendship group, or someone they met at a bar, at work, or college.
Interestingly, they found that the rate of increase changed shortly after the introduction of online dating.Today online dating is the second most common way for a heterosexual couple to meet and the most common for homosexual couples.So Josue Ortega, from the University of Essex, UK, and Philipp Hergovich, from the University of Vienna, Austria, decided it was time to explore how it affects society.Afterall, the simplicity of the model doesn't account for agents' preferences or real-life obstacles.It turns out, rates of interracial marriages remain low in the US (6.3 percent) and UK (9 percent), but these numbers have risen significantly since the advent of online dating.This leads to a society with low levels of interracial marriage.But when the researchers added links between people without a connection – such as through online dating - the level of interracial marriage rapidly increased.Researchers suggest that this new way of looking for love is connecting communities in novel ways, and even leads to more interracial marriage (stock image)In their study, the researchers simulated what happened when extra links are introduced into a social network made up of men and women from different races.In the network, everyone wants to marry a person of the opposite sex, but can only marry someone who they have a connection with.The researchers said: 'It is intriguing that shortly after the introduction of the first dating websites in 1995, like Match.com, the percentage of new marriages created by interracial couples increased rapidly.'The rate jumped even further in 2014, shortly after the introduction of Tinder.While the findings suggest that online dating is driving the increase in interracial marriage, the researchers note that there are other factors adding to the change – such as a reduction in the percentage of white people in the US.