Digital technology and smartphones have transformed the way in which people seek out romantic partners, so it’s no wonder IRDates has a substantial user base that is only expected to grow in the future as more and more singles join in from all corners of the US.
January 05, 2018
Interracial dating has been a part of everyday life in large cities for years, despite many ethnic groups quietly disapproving of mixed couples. Young singles growing up with little to no racial or cultural prejudice face a serious dilemma when meeting new people and starting relationships. On the one hand, many of them have families born outside the US, which identifying with a certain ethnic group, wishing they would marry someone from their own community, and have a family raised in the spirit of their parents’ or grandparents’ traditions. On the other hand, young people living in all parts of North America are immersed into its multicultural environment, and don’t care much for the ethnic expectations their families have when it comes to choosing a partner.
According to the Pew Research Center data on interracial marriages in the US, 10 percent of all married people, not just recently wed, are in mixed marriages, which amounts to 11 million people in total. In 2015, 1 in 6 newlyweds across the country were married to someone of a different race or ethnicity. People of Asian and Hispanic descent are most likely to have a spouse that belongs to a different ethnic group, especially if they were born in the US. Last but not least, only 10 percent of interviewed participants say they would oppose a member of their family marrying someone of a different race or ethnic background. These data suggest that values in terms of choosing a partner freely, not based on the color of their skin or the language they speak with their parents, have changed since the 1960s, when the Supreme Court ruled that it was no longer illegal to marry someone of a different race.
These changing attitudes have led to a distinct dating niche, interracial dating, that caters to free-spirited singles that are not bothered by norms or stereotypes. IRDates, a platform designed with such people in mind, has been welcomed with open arms, and…