Online dating can lead to your love

July 4th, 2014 | Copy
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Millions of people all over the world have already met their spouses through online dating. But what about those marriages of people, who met at more traditional places such as workplaces, bars, restaurants or parties? As it was revealed by the survey of about 20,000 Americans, marriages between those people who met on the web, are at least as stable and quite as well satisfying as those who met in the real world for the first time.

The origins

When dating online was only gaining widespread attention – and that was about a decade ago - a lot of people were either too sceptical about adult dating websites or considered them to be rather a creepy way to search for someone. But after the success of such dating websites as Match and OkCupid, online dating has quickly become a powerful industry and our today’s mainstream activity. John Cacioppo, a psychologist at the University of Chicago, Illinois, says he wonders how the online dating as such has so changed the family life of so many American people. And since enough time has already passed that millions of Americans who met online are now married, and a population is large enough, the conditions are ideal for quite traditional psychological survey techniques.

A survey taken by Cacioppo

Cacioppo also works as a scientific adviser to eHarmony, one of the largest online dating sites. At his suggestion, about half a million people got e-mail letters from uSamp, a company paying people to take part in surveys. From the nearly 200,000 of respondents, a number of about 19,000 people was then chosen, all who got married between the years of 2005 and 2012. The participants who were still married, were then asked about the degree of happiness, all things considered, in the marriage. They were also asked to indicate their level of mutual understanding in their family.


The results received in a survey do confirmed that online dating is one of the most common ways to meet your future spouse these days. Over 33 per cent of people who married between 2005 and 2012 reported on meeting their spouse on the web. And about 50 per cent of those people who met their spouses online met via online dating, while the rest of people met through other online spots like chat rooms, MMO games, or some other place on the web. And the point is that online marriages proved to be durable. In fact, people who met on the web, were a bit less likely to divorce and showed slightly higher level of their marital satisfaction. Even after controlling the demographic differences between the web and real-world daters, these differences remained statistically significant.

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