Dating made easy 09
Dating made easy 09
Assortative mating serves to intensify this polarization.
In 2014, the Pew Research Center conducted a study on this issue and found 43 percent of Republicans had a “very unfavorable view” of Democrats, up from 17 percent in 1994.
You decide whether or not you like the look of a person: if you do, great; if you don't, they'll never know.
If you're both interested then Tinder's messaging function offers you a private chat thread in which to talk and get to know each other better.
The popular dating website Ok Cupid announced Wednesday that it would make the online dating scene a little easier for progressives who can’t risk interacting with someone with whom they disagree (imagine the horror! They announced a partnership with Planned Parenthood that allows site users to put a badge on their profile signifying support for the nation’s largest abortion provider, much the way Facebook becomes saturated with similar kinds of profile pictures during the newest disaster.
It’s hard to not see this as a reaction to the rise of President Trump, as Planned Parenthood has long been a political football tossed back and forth between left and right, although dating sites have never made such an overt venture into politics.
Assortative mating is when someone partners and starts a family with someone of a similar background.
It can be based on innate characteristics, such as race and ethnicity, or socioeconomic backgrounds.
The most politically active are the most extreme of each group––the most likely to surround themselves with only the likeminded, and the least likely to give an inch to an opposing viewpoint.
These groups also vote heavily in primaries, which pushes candidates further left and right.
People have always engaged in assortative mating of some kind or another, but as social scientist Charles Murray explains in his book “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010,” there was a shift to a particular type of mating in the ‘60s which continues through the present day.
As cognitive ability became the most valued aspect of human capital––and the biggest predictive indicator for professional success––people began marrying others with similar intellect.
And, as represented by the ascendance of the Tea Party, they demand ideological purity.