The first online dating website was created in 1994, and a lot has changed since then. Initially society viewed online dating as a bit strange; many people thought that it was only for awkward people who struggled to make connections in real life. But thankfully over time perceptions changed, and now online dating is extremely popular. Nowadays there are thousands of online dating websites to choose from, and a recent study found that over 50% of adults have used a dating website at some point in their lives.
But how exactly has online dating changed the world of dating? And are the changes positive or negative?
Here are four interesting ways online dating has transformed the world of dating.
1. Interracial Relationships Are On The Rise
A recent study found that interracial relationships are on the rise because of online dating. The study reports that around 60% of single people have dated someone of a different race, and there are lots of specific online dating websites for people who want to be in an interracial relationship. We think this is great news for equality and love!
2. Dating Is Easier For The LGBTQ Community
Online dating has also made dating easier for the LGBTQ community; a recent study from Stanford University found that around 65% of people in same-sex relationships meet online. This is considerably higher than the percentage of straight couples who meet online, and it could be because there are lots of LBGTQ specific websites to suit a range of needs. Grindr is a popular option for gay men, and there are also apps for people who are bicurious but unsure.
3. Niche Sites Make It Easier For People To Find Like-Minded People
Niche sites (such as our own!) made it much easier for people to connect with like-minded people. Our site focuses on British men and American women, so it is perfect for any American anglophiles, but there are lots of other niche websites out there. There is even a dating website for people who are gluten-free!
4. Even Celebrities Are Doing It!
Celebrities are also using online dating apps to connect with other people. Channing Tatum claimed to use Raya for a while, and Sharon Stone was locked out of Bumble after people thought her profile was fake. Not ideal!