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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.
While young people are more likely than ever to date outside their religion, those who still prefer to date within their religion are capitalizing on niche online communities.
Matt Wolf, a member of JDate, says he prefers to be with someone Jewish, but he doesn’t care whether or not they believe in God.
But not everyone agrees that online dating makes for more diverse couplings.
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.
Rather, it should be the result of experience and introspection.
“It’s my responsibility to ask them why they’re making these choices,” said Sussman.
One in six newlyweds is married to someone of a different race or ethnicity, up from just 3% in 1967 when the Supreme Court ruled on Loving vs. Other studies have found that multiracial online daters are popular in the dating pool.
A 2015 study published in the American Sociological Review, found that white men responded more frequently to women of Asian-white descent; white women responded more frequently to white men.
According to a recent market research report, the dating service industry is expected to reach billion this year, growing at 2.9 percent in revenue every year since 2008.