In fact, with the introduction of two very popular dating apps over the span of the past 20 years, interracial marriage spiked.
Researchers Josue Ortega of the University of Essex in the U. and Philipp Hergovich of the University of Vienna in Austria have been studying how our changing social webs have been changing society.
As online dating became more popular, interracial marriages continued to increase. “It is interesting that this increase occurs shortly after the creation of Tinder, considered the most popular online dating app,” Ortega and Hergovich wrote.
“Tinder, created in 2012, has approximately 50 million users [worldwide] and produces more than 12 million matches per day.” The researchers’ findings don’t prove that online dating is solely responsible for increased racial integration of social circles. Still, real-world relationships do follow spikes in digital use, everything from brief affairs to marriage.
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.
Your dating network was the next step out from your inner circle.
But widespread online dating has upended that tradition.
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.
But after the first dating websites, including Match.com, were launched in 1995, there was a rapid increase in interracial marriages, the researchers found.
“During the 2000s decade, the percentage of new marriages that are interracial changed from 10.68 percent to 15.54 percent, a huge increase of nearly 5 percentage points, or 50 percent,” the researchers wrote.
“Societies where online dating is available should produce marriages that are less likely to break up.” Real-life evidence seems to back up these findings.
Interracial marriage has been on the rise since it was legalized across all states in 1967.