How online dating has changed society
That’s a good thing in a way because it could theoretically lead to better relationships.
The downside of that is it could also lead to more relationship breakups!
Today online dating is the second most common way for a heterosexual couple to meet and the most common for homosexual couples.
So Josue Ortega, from the University of Essex, UK, and Philipp Hergovich, from the University of Vienna, Austria, decided it was time to explore how it affects society.
He also had used online dating himself and had some success with it.
Q: How did your perceptions about online dating change during the experience of working on this book?
On the one hand with people being a little choosier, those who use the technology a lot have a higher bar for happiness.
DS: When I went into it, I was still affected a little by the stigma of online dating, even though I had used it myself and had success with it.After all, people are less likely to form a romantic relationship with a close friend and more likely to date a person connected to their friendship group, or someone they met at a bar, at work, or college.There's been a huge shift in dating culture in the last two decades.First, they programmed the model to show what would happen if those agents could only marry those they had a mutual connection with, say a friend of a friend. Next, they reprogrammed the system to include additional links (representing online dating matches) so that two agents, previously unconnected, had the chance to meet and marry.Levels of interracial pairings dramatically increased. So, does it reflect what's happening in the real world?
When I imagined the kinds of people I would be meeting for whatever reason, I imagined people who’d been unhappy in their relationship searches before, or people who had trouble with their social life before.