Apps such as Tinder might have made the world of dating a little more mechanical – but they can actually make the world a better place.
Or at least that’s what researchers concluded, after a new study which showed how such apps encourage people to marry outside of friendship groups.
Dr Josue Ortega from the University of Essex and colleagues simulated what happened in societies where people can make romantic relationships with people outside their social network (something that used to be rare).
They found that within a few generations, there are many more marriages between people from different groups.
The researchers write, ‘Our model predicts nearly complete racial integration upon the emergence of online dating, even if the number of partners that individuals meet from newly formed ties is small.’
Dr Ortega told Mail Online, ‘Online dating can have some negative sides, but the fact that exposes us to people outside our networks is definitely a big plus.’
‘I do not think meeting someone on Tinder is much different than meeting them in a bar.
‘Online dating is a start, usually followed by the standard romantic courtship, like dates, going dancing, going out together, and so on.