Is Online Dating Lowering Divorce Rates?
MarketWatch recently published an article about the impact that online dating websites, such as Tinder and OKCupid, are helping to lower the number of divorces. For many, this flies in the face of everything they believe about online dating and its impact on divorce numbers. Therefore, how is online dating lowering divorce rates instead of increasing them?
Why Is Online Dating Lowering Divorce Rates?
The general consensus is that online dating has led to the development of a hookup culture and the demise of the classic dinner date. However, according to a study by a professor from the University of Essex and a professor from the University of Vienna, online dating has actually led to stronger marriages, more people dating people from outside their social circles and more interracial couples.
Reportedly, the reason online dating is being credited for the development of stronger marriages and the lowering of divorce rates is because it has expanded people’s dating pools. In the past, people met through friends of friends, at work or at school. Therefore, they generally only dated people from inside their current social circles. Online dating allows people to date people that are not like them, which sometimes helps create very happy unions.
As part of their study, the professors ran over 10,000 simulations of randomly generated societies and according to the results, couples in those societies that met online only broke up 5.9 percent of the time. However, couples in those societies that met offline broke up 7.6 percent of the time.
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