News article about online dating
Ortega and Hergovich claim that if just a small number of online matches are between people of different races, then social integration should occur rapidly.“A few connections can really change the panorama of diversity,” says Ortega. Online dating has ballooned into a billion-dollar industry and the Internet "may be altering the dynamics and outcome of marriage itself," said the study by U. researchers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.However, some experts took issue with the findings because the survey was commissioned by e Harmony.com, the dating site that attracted one quarter of all online marriages according to the research."These data suggest that the Internet may be altering the dynamics and outcomes of marriage itself," said Cacioppo.
For example, a growing number of US states have started offering African Americans scholarships to university, where they may have met students of other races.
“But even accounting for those changes, it does not explain what we see,” says Ortega.
US black communities have stayed relatively stable in numbers and location.
They tested their hypothesis with a simulated social network of male and female “agents” who were looking for a partner of the opposite sex.
Initially, each agent was highly connected with agents of their own race, and only poorly so with agents from other races – mimicking real-world relationships in societies with a large degree of segregation. The number of interracial marriages in the US has certainly gone up in the last few decades.