Internet dating impact society
In a 2007 analysis of online dating, researchers from California State University explored how online dating partners share a large amount of information with one another in the early stages of a budding relationship.
This phenomenon, known as hyperpersonalization, leads online daters to quickly develop bonds with one another.
That has interesting knock-on effects about how society functions.
Geography is no longer the bar it once was, and the chances of coupling up with a complete stranger is significantly higher too.
As you can see from the graphs below, meeting online has now surpassed hooking up with co-workers, neighbours, school friends, friends of family and churchmates.
Only meeting through friends and bar or restaurant chat-ups eclipse online dating in heterosexual couples, and in the gay community meeting online is by far the most likely way for a relationship to begin.
Curiously, the model also predicts stronger marriages – based on the average distance between partner nodes.
Although online dating does require some caution, it has a number of other effects that include expanded social circles and quickly cemented relationships.“It is intriguing that shortly after the introduction of the first dating websites in 1995, like Match.com, the percentage of new marriages created by interracial couples increased rapidly,” explain the researchers.That rise increased even more sharply in the 2000s with the founding of Ok Cupid, e Harmony and the like, but it really took off again in 2014 – which coincidently lines up with when Tinder hit critical mass, growing from 8 million monthly active users to 17 million.Keith Evans has been writing professionally since 1994 and now works from his office outside of Orlando.He has written for various print and online publications and wrote the book, "Appearances: The Art of Class." Evans holds a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication from Rollins College and is pursuing a Master of Business Administration in strategic leadership from Andrew Jackson University.