New research shows that more and more couples are meeting online and marrying.In the US, a University of Chicago study shows that more than a third of those who married between 20 met online, up from 19 per cent just five years ago.In 1995, local newspapers started reporting the first weddings of couples who, they revealed with breathless amazement, "ACTUALLY MET ON THE INTERNET! No setting eyes on someone before you asked them out. Today, partnerships made on the internet are not only commonplace, but fast becoming the standard way you meet your future spouse.
Louise Wright, 29, then of Bristol, met her partner through a dating service for people interested in horses.
“Even though a large percentage of marriages in recent years have resulted from couples meeting online, looking for partners online may potentially suppress the desire for getting married,” said report author Dr Aditi Paul.
“Furthermore the breakup rates for both marital and non-marital romantic relationship were found to be higher for couples who met online that couples who met through offline venues.” The findings contradict a report from the University of Chicago which suggested that online relationships were stronger.
Cacioppo has been a member of e Harmony's Scientific Advisory Board since it was created in 2007.
In addition, former e Harmony researcher Gian Gonzaga is one of the five co-authors."It's a very impressive study," says social psychologist Eli Finkel of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.