Most people are connected to a relatively small group of people. And before the internet, it was rare for groups of people from diverse locations and cultures to meet. These connections are building a global community. Where before people married only those with whom there was a social connection, now people marry where no social connections exist, which creates new networks of people and more interracial marriages than ever before. The nuclear family has broken down as blended and single-parent families are on the rise. But now that online dating has entered the picture, Americans can breathe a sigh of relief: Marriages created through online dating tend to be stronger with lower rates of breakup.
The adoption of technology has changed the way we connect and converse with others in our society and dating is no exception. How did your parents meet? Mine met on a double blind date in which my mother and father had mutual friends who introduced them. With the invention of social media it is difficult to imagine anyone going on a blind date again—why would they need to? We not only have a wealth of information on pretty much everyone only a click away but how and where we meet future partners is changing. Before the influx of online dating, meeting partners was pretty much resigned to work, through friends or out on a Saturday night. As a youth, I would look forward to the weekend just so I could meet a new batch of ladies to attempt to woo.
Did you know that online dating has become the most popular way for couples to meet in the US? The advent of technology has revolutionized different aspects of our day to day lives including how romantic relationships are formed. Thanks to the rise of smartphones and the internet, online dating now offers a larger pool of potential partners for many people.
That began to change in the mids, when websites like Match. Any stigma over online dating has slowly evaporated over the years. Economists Josue Ortega from the University of Essex and Philipp Hergovich from the University of Vienna wanted to know just how the rise of digital match-making has affected the nature of society.