Online dating is now one of the most common ways to start a relationship.
But new research reveals that the concept could be increasing the polarization of U.S. society by matching couples with similar political views.
Listing or hinting at a preference for a political party on a personal webpages, social media, and dating websites means that users consciously or unconsciously filter potential suitors that are aligned to their personal preference.
This means they could be disregarding a whole host of suitable partners and only ending up with like-minded people, decreasing the sharing of opposing ideas and views.
But in the traditional dating world they may have met someone for a date and only found out their political opinion during the meeting when it may have seemed less important.
The research was published in the most recent edition of the academic journal Political Behavior, reported Pacific Standard magazine.
In the U.S. study titled ‘The Dating Preferences of Liberals and Conservatives’ the researchers examined whether ‘positive mate assortation—like seeks like—on non-political factors such as lifestyle and demographics could lead to inadvertent assortation on political preferences.’
They stated: ‘Using a sample of Internet dating profiles we find that both liberals and conservatives seek to date individuals who are like themselves.
‘This result suggests a pathway by which long-term couples come to share political preferences, which in turn could be fueling the widening ideological gap in the United States.’
The long-term result is that such couples more likely to move to the ideological extremes because they lack access to contradictory opinions.
They also are likely to produce children who hold ideologically extreme positions due to the parents sharing such similar views.
Nearly 35 per cent of all marriages now begin with an online meeting, according to researchers from the University of Chicago.