Published on May 24th, 2019 | by Sunit Nandi0
How the Internet revolutionizes dating
The internet is changing how we live our lives, and very few would disagree that it has significantly affected how people meet sexual and romantic partner.
With online dating websites and apps springing up constantly, several studies are constantly being made to determine the effect of online dating and how it has changed relationships. A recent article in The Economist explores some of this research.
Online dating apps and websites give individuals the ability to choose which characteristics they want to share with a partner while searching through a rich and diverse pool of potential mates than they would find in a public place.In a research by sociologists, Reuben Thomas and Michael Rosenfeld, they showed how important this is—as married couples who met their partners online reported a significantly higher quality in their relationship than those who met their partners offline.
In-house sociologists at Bumble, Jess Carbino gave an explaining on why this happens often.
“Offline, people meet others who are like them in various ways—who know the same people and work in the same places,” she said.
“Online they can meet people not like them in those ways, but like them in other ways that may matter more. You can meet people who aren’t like you and select those who are.”
Responding to the rise of online dating economists Josué Ortega and Philipp examined its effects on society and reflected in their data how our marriages and relationships are shaping. Ortega explained that though he had been witnessing the growing trend everywhere, he “had no idea” what the experience or real-world effect could be. Ortega also examined how married couples used dating sites for cheating on their spouse.
“I realized that all my students were using Tinder, which sounded to me like some kind of scam. I started reading about it and was really surprised to find it’s very popular in the UK and US, because there’s this sense that Tinder and other online platforms are just for hookups,” said Ortega.
“When I came across the statistic that one-third of marriages start online, and 70% of gay relationships, I was shocked,” he said. “And the more I talked to people, the more I heard that they’d met their partners on Tinder and other sites.”
It is easy to visit a site for online dating today and with growing online dating technology, finding a matching partner has become even easier. According to Pew Research, it found that 59% of adults now believe online dating is a great way to meet people.