Futeristic dating sites
Even just a few decades ago most new connections were just a jump or two away inside an existing network.A bar, a sporting team, church, or college would typically provide the perfect environment for those first hot sparks. For heterosexual couples, online dating has risen to second place – just below ‘met through friends’ – as the context for that first introduction.Once illegal in many states, and long taboo, marriage between different ethnic groups in the US has slowly been on the rise since the mid-20th century.The increase steepened at the turn of the 21st century in line with the rise in online dating, and then even further as swipe-to-match apps like Tinder went mainstream around 2014 (it launched in late 2012).
It’s nice to have some evidence that the relationships we make online are also breaking down boundaries and making for stronger connections.
But it’s clear that the digital revolution hasn’t only been shaped by the human appetite for sex and companionship; it’s changed the way we form relationships.
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.
Marriages online were also predicted by the model to be more robust and less likely to end in divorce, a hypothesis which is supported by a study conducted in 2013.
The study is currently available online on the pre-publish website arxiv.com, so it has not completed its full peer-review process just yet.
Society can be modelled as a web of interlinked nodes, where individuals are the node and the link describes how well they know one another.