Internet dating impact society
So that’s what the model predicts, how about the reality?
Well first things first, there is research to suggest that people who marry after meeting online are less likely to break up as the model predicts – though causation is nigh on impossible to trace for obvious reasons.
“Understanding the evolution of interracial marriage is an important problem, for intermarriage is widely considered a measure of social distance in our societies,” the researchers explain.
The researchers created a simulated social network made up of men and women from different races, randomly distributed throughout the community. The researchers then mixed things up by adding a series of random links between nodes from different ethnic groups, simulating the revolution of online dating.
In a 2010 advice column, the Dating Tipster at Online Dating Magazine reminded readers that online dating requires a heightened sense of caution.
“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,” say Ortega and Hergovich.“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,” explain the researchers.That rise increased even more sharply in the 2000s with the founding of Ok Cupid, e Harmony and the like, but it really took off again in 2014 – which coincidently lines up with when Tinder hit critical mass, growing from 8 million monthly active users to 17 million.The previous models for meeting people would result in strong local groups of friends and neighbours, and weaker links to a small number of distant people.“Those weak ties serve as bridges between our group of close friends and other clustered groups, allowing us to connect to the global community,” the authors explain.