Societies, cultures, and populations tend to change and evolve slowly, sometimes too slowly for us to even notice. But sometimes, social changes shift fast enough to make curious scientists and economists to wonder why. Turns out, the recent increase in interracial marriages — a pretty big deal on the broad spectrum of social change — might stem from an unlikely source.
Dating used to involve going out into the world and interacting with people.
The homogeneous pool of potential partners mirrored the social norms of the day.
via: GettyInterracial dating was once uncommon, and extremely unlikely to be accepted. In the 1950s and 1960s, a slow shift started to take place. More interracial couples began to appear in metropolitan areas, among the well-traveled and well-educated, and among the rich and famous.
Long-standing social morays were questioned and challenged as society integrated, exposing us to different types of people and lifestyles — and more interracial families.
It was more than proximity and social norms that impeded interracial relationships.It wasn't until 1967, in the case of Loving v. Virginia when the U.S. Supreme Court reached the unanimous and groundbreaking decision which invalidated any laws prohibiting interracial marriage. As soon as it was legal to marry a person of a different race, interracial marriage rates grew. For the most part, proximity and social connections were still the biggest factors in meeting potential partners, which meant that people still mostly dated and married within the same race.
With the advent of online dating, suddenly people were no longer limited by proximity or other social connections.
Seeing interracial couples on TV and in movies is no longer unusual.
Whether the increase in interracial relationships is due to online dating or not, it's definitely happening.
It's difficult to tell if Hollywood is leading or following the trend, and it probably doesn't matter.here.
The new findings are attracting a ton of attention.
Online dating causes stronger and more diverse relationships, study finds https://t.co/NP4HRtFZpr https://t.co/YVhG4vgJRL— Forbes (@Forbes)1509620401.0