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One knock-on effect of this is increasing rates of interracial marriage, the researchers suspect.
We are much less likely to travel in the same circles with people of very different backgrounds than we are to meet such folks online, after all. "Research into the strength of marriage has found some evidence that married couples who meet online have lower rates of marital breakup than those who meet traditionally.
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Then again, in 2014, the number of interracial marriages jumped again. And it's exactly what Ortega and Hergovich's model predicts," notes the MIT write-up.
A great diversity of online dating services currently exists.
Some have a broad membership base of diverse users looking for many different types of relationships.
Thankfully, a pair of international researchers, Josue Ortega of the University of Essex and Philipp Hergovich of the University of Vienna, are on the case.
As the MIT Technology Review recently reported the pair have been busy hypothesizing about how the rise of online dating might affect society and then comparing these predictions to real-world data.