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Posted on Mon, Jun 10, 2013 07:13

Finally, some good news in the online dating research world--a world that typically is rather negative about online dating.  Five scholars from Harvard and the University of Chicago did a study on marital satisfaction and online dating.  It turns out those who met online were "slightly" happier than those who met offline. 

Now, before you get too excited, the study was funded by Yet, it was published in a top research journal.  eHarmony, to their credit, signed an agreement to allow publication even if they did not like the results.

There were 19,131 people in the sample who were married between 2005 and 2012. [Note: this is the weakness of the study, in my opinion, since they are newly married.]

Here are the key findings:

--35 percent of relationships began online.
--92 percent of all of the couples were still married.
--45 percent of those who met online did so through a dating site; others were through social networks, Web forums, video games, or other virtual chats.
--The most popular dating sites are eHarmony (25 percent) and Match (24 percent).
--“Males, 30- to 49-year-olds, Hispanics, individuals from higher socioeconomic status brackets, and working respondents” were more likely to report meeting their spouse online.
--The happiest married couples who met offline were those who grew up together, or met at school, church, or social gatherings.
--The least happy married couples met through work, family, bars, and blind dates.
--Online couples separated at a rate of nearly 6 percent, while for couples who met offline it was 7.67 percent
--On a scale of 1 (“Extremely Unhappy”) to 7 (“Perfect”), online relationships averaged 5.64 and offline relationships averaged 5.48.

Source:  Cacioppo, J. T., Cacioppo, S., Gonzaga, G. C., Ogburn, E. L., & VanderWeele, T. J. (2013). Marital satisfaction and break-ups differ across on-line and off-line meeting venues. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Posted on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 01:59

that divorce rate is 28% higher for couples meeting offline. Thats no small difference

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