That has interesting knock-on effects about how society functions.
Geography is no longer the bar it once was, and the chances of coupling up with a complete stranger is significantly higher too.
“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.
More significantly though, the rise in American interracial marriage does seem to follow Ortega and Hergovich’s model.
Rates are still low – in part because it was illegal in some states until 1967 – but a sharp increase seems to follow important milestones in online dating history.
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.
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