Online Dating Couples Less Likely to Divorce

News Source: Online Dating Magazine – June 6, 2013

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.

From the study:

“The Internet has also changed how Americans meet their spouse. Meeting a marital partner in traditional off-line venues has declined over the past several decades but meeting on-line has grown dramatically, with on-line dating now a billion-dollar industry…

We also found that a surprising proportion of marriages now begin on-line. Of respondents who married between 2005 and 2012, more than one in three met their spouse on-line. Of those who met their spouse on-line, nearly half met through on-line dating sites, whose number of users has increased dramatically just over the past decade.”

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.

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