Online dating and marriage statistics

​In the old days, most people met their partner through friends of friends or acquaintances.

You ended up marrying your best friend's cousin or your golf buddy's wife's friend.

These days, thanks to technology, many more of us end up paired up with people who were perfect strangers before some algorithm brought them to our attention.

There’s little doubt that Bumble – where women make the first move – is the dating app most aligned to the #Me Too movement.

“We’ve identified a form of feminism that is inclusive to men,” says Troen.

With one third of marriages now starting online, platforms such as Match.com, Ok Cupid, Tinder and Bumble are making us more diverse.

There’s a direct correlation between the percentage of interracial marriages among newlyweds (which is now at the highest it’s ever been) and the popularisation of dating apps and sites.

While this research is obviously in its early stages and it's far too early to say anything definitive about the total effect of online dating on society, these initial findings are a happy dose of optimism at a time when many negative, unintended consequences of the tech revolution are coming to the fore.

Fake news might be tearing us apart, complicated algorithms few understand are making life-altering decisions on our behalf, and internet companies are collecting vast troves of poorly secured data on us, but at least next time you're suffering through a bad Tinder date, you can at least tell yourself you're participating in a trend that might be helping to heal some of society's deepest divisions and make lifelong, mutually supportive unions more common.

And even easier to forget to wonder how it's changed things when it comes to romantic 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.

Of the 26 million users in more than 150 countries, there have been over 20,000 marriages to date and over 6,000 Bumble babies.

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