Couples that got together through an online dating service and married are less likely to get a divorce than those who didn’t meet online, according to a new study by the University of Chicago. In addition, the study found that online dating is one of the most popular ways to get together. One third of all couples met via online dating.
The study is titled “Marital satisfaction and break-ups differ across on-line and off-line meeting venues” and appeared this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal. It was done by the Department of Psychology, Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, University of Chicago. Overseeing the study was John T. Cacioppoa, Stephanie Cacioppoa, Gian C. Gonzagab, Elizabeth L. Ogburnc, and Tyler J. VanderWeele.
Some people take exception to the study, however. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the study was commissioned by eHarmony, which paid $130,000 to have it done. The paper quotes social psychologist Eli Finkel of Northwestern University in Evanston, who wasn’t involved in the study, as saying:
It’s a very impressive study. But it was paid for by somebody with a horse in the race and conducted by an organization that might have an incentive to tell this story.