Couples who meet online are more likely to be interracial, a 2019 sociological study conducted by the University of New Mexico found.
And respondents from a large Tinder survey found that people are more open to interracial relationships when online dating.
But other research suggests people’s attitudes toward interracial relationships differ from their behavior.
Still, the rate of interracial marriages has increased as online dating has become more popular and studies suggest online dating will increase the rate of interracial coupling.
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Couples who meet online are more likely to be interracial than couples who meet in real life, according to a 2019 sociological study by the University of New Mexico. And that’s a promising sign, given that meeting online is now the most common way couples (heterosexual, at least) are meeting each other.
“Online dating has changed the way people meet their partners not only in America but in many places around the world,” the study’s author, associate professor of sociology Reuben Thomas, wrote. “We conclude that there is evidence suggesting that online dating is causing more interracial marriages, and that this change is ongoing.”
But there’s a difference between correlation and causation. Has more online dating directly resulted in an increase in interracial couples? So far, the answer is yes, a little bit, according to the study.
“Population-level estimates suggest that only a small part of the recent changes in couple diversity can be directly attributed to couples meeting online, but there is the potential for more Internet-induced change if it continues to expand as the modal source of romance,” Thomas wrote.
The study confirms the main finding of a 2017 paper by Josué Ortega at the University of Essex in the UK and Philipp Hergovich at the University …read more
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