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“If I said I didn’t want somebody without a Christian background, I would be lying to myself, and wasting my time,” she said.
With the tensions and conflicts that can exist in a relationship, Spencer said the foundation of faith becomes an important unifying force.
The site has gained 5 million new users in the last two years.
Even though the couple didn’t last past the summer, Spencer, 32, was nevertheless grateful to have met a like-minded man who shared her passion for the Christian faith.
He found that “couples who met online are more likely to be interracial, interreligious, and of different college degree status.” Those with college-educated mothers were not more or less likely to partner with those with-or-without college educated mothers online. Online dating is linked to stronger marriages, a rise in interracial partnerships, and more breaking down of social barriers, according to a research analyzed last year by economics professors Josue Ortega at the University of Essex and Philipp Hergovich at the University of Vienna in Austria.
In fact, over one-third of marriages begin online, making it the second most popular way for heterosexual partners to meet and the most popular way among gay partners.
She advises her clients to expand their search, and then come to the decision of whether or not they can only date within their own religion.
A 2017 Pew report on the future of the internet predicted that the online world as a whole would continue to drive apart America’s increasingly fractured society.After working with couples for more than 15 years, Sussman said shared culture, values and traditions are crucial to sustaining relationships.But the decision to date within one’s religion should not come from external pressure.Rosenfeld, an associate professor of sociology at Stanford University, said the site’s algorithms play a role. “Once the first minute you meet face-to-face passes, it’s like ‘I can breath again.'” The two met on Christian Mingle, an online dating website for Christians.