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There are other aspects in which online dating leads to different results than offline dating

Posted by Qasim on August 29, 2022
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There are other aspects in which online dating leads to different results than offline dating

What’s unclear is how much of this tendency online is really a result of preference and how much is due to the websites feeding you potential partners that are of the same race as you. These websites use algorithms to try to figure out who you like. And if they assume you’re going to prefer people of your own race, they might feed you a steady diet of potential matches of the same race. Since the algorithms tend to be proprietary – they don’t share them – we don’t know whether this is skewing the data.

The jam doesn’t care if you try another jam next week, but if you form a relationship with somebody, they would or at least might care

One is that people are more likely to date someone of another religion. I think that’s because you can’t tell what someone’s religion is from their picture. On online dating, the picture marks you with gender and race pretty clearly, but religion is something that you have to dig through to figure out.

In my data, about 22 percent of straight couples met online. For gay couples, it’s about 67 percent. Online is tremendously more efficient for gays and lesbians. And that’s because it’s much harder for them to identify potential partners offline.

What about socioeconomic class? Are people more likely to partner with people of different socioeconomic backgrounds when they meet online?

In my data, it’s pretty much the same. The preference for partners of similar socioeconomic and education backgrounds has always been there, but it’s never been an overwhelmingly strong preference. It’s never been the case that people who married someone of a greater or lesser education level were ostracized in the way other attributes might have been.

The other big difference is that same-sex couples are much more likely to meet their partner online

From what I can tell, there’s a little bit of a tendency for people – especially women – to prefer people who claim to make a lot of money. Continue Reading

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