Before the dawn of online dating, relationships started like this: You had a tight-knit inner circle, but that wasn’t where you’d find your dates.
The more important people for your romantic life existed in your outer circle—people introduced to you by your close friends and family, folks you’d run into at places you hung out, someone you’d meet in class or at church.
When the researchers added these random online connections to their model, instances of interracial relationships went way up, even when each person was only making a few new connections.
The model predicted “nearly complete racial integration” as well as stronger marriages because of online dating.
Today, more than one-third of marriages are the product of online encounters.
And it’s changed the game for dating as a sexual minority—the internet is now the No. But online dating might also be altering the very fabric of society.
For the past 100 years, the researchers wrote, this was the way things were done.