A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows online dating produces happier marriages, with less divorces, and they say that's true even of couples who grew up together or meet in a place of worship.
The study also found that more than a third of the couples in their survey who got married since 2005 met on the Internet.
In an informal survey here in the CBD I found those who have been married a long time are skeptical of the study, while others swear it works. "My second wife was off online dating and then my fiancee now is from online dating," one man told me. A woman who works downtown said, "I've known people who've had (happy marriages) happen. One couple in particular has been married now ten years."
But others don't like it, and one man even think it's actually rather pathetic, "I think anyone who tries to get a date online has a problem. I think if a guy has to get a girl online, he has issues."
According to the study's authors, "Results indicate that more than one-third of marriages in America now begin online. In addition, marriages that began online, when compared with those that began through traditional off-line venues, were slightly less likely to result in a marital breakup (separation or divorce) and were associated with slightly higher marital satisfaction among those respondents who remained married."
E-Harmony commissioned this study, but it was independently analyzed by scientific methods.
"These data suggest that the Internet may be altering the dynamics and outcomes of marriage itself, " says the authors.