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Your internet date is probably the same class as you

14 February 2018

A postgraduate researcher in Sociology at The University of Manchester says people who use newer dating apps are likely to date someone who lives nearby and is of a similar social class.

Rachel Katz, who is researching the dating app Grindr contributed to a BBC piece on love and dating in the time of apps like Tinder.

Quoted in the BBC piece, Rachel said:

“Once, most people married people who lived within four miles of them. Then we had the internet, and all these infinite possibilities for soulmates across the world; it didn't matter where they were.

“But in 2018, physical location is of primary importance again, so you're going to meet someone who's conveniently close - but this also replicates boundaries of class."

Find out more about Rachel’s research.

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