How religion affects love lives


INTERFAITH relationships are a modern reality, but some countries and religious affiliations are more open to them than others.

Facebook’s Data Science team has assembled data as an insight into how religion affects our love lives.

The findings reveal that Spain is the country with the highest percentage of interfaith relationships, with 28% of reported romances being between two people of different religions.

The scientists charted the percentage of actual same-religion relationships, against the percentage of expected same-religion relationships if people were randomly matched up with partners.

Americans were more willing to date partners of a different religion than to marry them, especially in their twenties.

Members of some religions were found to be more likely to intermarry than others in the United States. Mormons and Sikhs tend to both marry and date members of the same religion, while Jews are much more likely to marry outside the faith..

Some religiously diverse countries, including Britain, had unexpectedly low rates of interfaith relationships. Romania and Portugal stand out as countries with relatively high rates of interfaith marriage


3 thoughts on “How religion affects love lives

  1. I wonder if there’s any correlation between the strength of culture of faith vs strength of culture of locale? If a country’s culture is one that transcends religion, I imagine inter-faith relationships are more plausible than in countries where religions bring larger cultural differences between people.


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