Structure of online dating markets in US cities

  title={Structure of online dating markets in US cities},
  author={Elizabeth E. Bruch and Mark E. J. Newman},
  journal={Sociological science},
  • E. Bruch, M. Newman
  • Published 1 April 2019
  • Computer Science, Geography, Medicine
  • Sociological science
We study the structure of heterosexual dating markets in the United States through an analysis of the interactions of several million users of a large online dating website, applying recently developed network analysis methods to the pattern of messages exchanged among users. Our analysis shows that the strongest driver of romantic interaction at the national level is simple geographic proximity, but at the local level, other demographic factors come into play. We find that dating markets in… 
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