I pondered this for a second and decided to do some research. Since it is just about impossible to hold all else equal (the actual people, where they live, age, religion, personality, marriage history, etc.), it is difficult to conclude, One article detailing the results of a 2013 study by researchers at University of Chicago’s Department of Psychology and Harvard University’s Department of Epidemiology found that online dating leads to higher marriage satisfaction and thereby a lower divorce rate.
The researchers addressed the question of marital satisfaction in a nationally representative sample of 19,131 respondents who got married between 20.
Income, however, was a big factor: According to the study, just 3% of people making less than ,000 annually met online, while a whopping 41% of those making 0,000 or more met partners online.
Since greater income is linked with happier marriages and less divorce, controlling for income reduced the differences seen between those who met online and off. ) The study also found increased marital satisfaction among people meeting online, compared with off-line venues like at college or in bars.
Her abstract says that previous studies, including the one I mentioned above, have primarily looked at marital relationships.
Her study extends this investigation by including non-marital relationships in the comparison.
The trick to a long marriage, it says, is having a higher relationship quality, meaning, according to the paper, it's fulfilling and gratifying, irrespective of how long the relationship has existed.
I gave him my phone number and he texted me, "Hi, Hannah, it's Matt." And I said: "Which Matt? We went on a hike, and we put wine in water bottles and had a little picnic at the end of the hike.
Eli Finkel, a professor of social psychology at Northwestern University who has published research critical of the online-dating industry, said in e-mail to several journalists that the research is “impressive” with a “large sample” and “fascinating findings.” However, Finkel thinks that the conclusion that online marriages are better is premature. “It suggests that one can meet a serious romantic partner online. But any conclusions that online meeting is better than off-line meeting overstep the evidence.” Finkel explains that the differences between the two venues overall are not large enough to support this claim.
The study does not suggest that meeting online in and of itself actually improves matchmaking or somehow causes marriages to be better.
I had not changed my location settings or my age settings from the default, so Matt kind of snuck in there, because there's a 13-year age difference and we lived 50 miles apart.
So we got a match, but neither of us was really taking it seriously.