Millennials continue to prove they are one of the most accepting generations, sending heart-eyed emojis to those from different countries.
According to a new study released by Rosetta Stone and OKCupid, millennials are the most likely to pursue international love.
OKCupid and Rosetta Stone teamed up to determine what age group was the most likely to pursue a romantic relationship with someone from another country or who speaks a different language. Members of the 18-to-36, 37-to-53 and 54-plus age groups were polled and the survey received more than 700,000 responses.
The study revealed that millennials are 10 percent more likely than nonmillennials to date someone who does not speak their language. 73 percent of millennials find those who speak other languages attractive — more attractive than those who speak their own, compared to 65 percent of 37-to-53-years-olds and only 53 percent of the 54-plus age group.
“We love to see that folks today are so open to people of other backgrounds,” said Melissa Hobley, chief marketing officer at OKCupid. “Love shouldn’t be confined to a certain region or spot on the map, and millennials are really the ones driving this open mindset forward. Unlike other generations, connecting online is something millennials have always known, and thanks to social media and dating apps, folks can connect in a meaningful way, even if they’re countries away.”
Millennials aren’t just interested in dating someone who speaks another language, they're also open to learning one themselves. Ninety-six percent of millennials said they are both fascinated by and interested in learning different languages. That is 15 percent more than the 54-plus age group and 5 percent more than the 37-to-53 age group.
“It’s great to see that people aren’t looking at language as a barrier when it comes to love,” said Philip Dunne, senior vice president of the global consumer division at Rosetta Stone. “People have an openness for making real connections, and we’re proud that Rosetta Stone helps bridge the communication gap by getting learners speaking and having life changing conversations in new languages.”
Technology and the open-mindedness of millennials continue to shrink the distances between different countries and nationalities.
Aubree Fahringer is a contributor for Red Alert Politics who enjoys traveling and composing music.