Also see: 10 Things dating sites won’t tell you Dating-site questionnaires and match-making algorithms could play a role in finding a more suitable partner, but people who sign up for dating sites are also likely to be ready to get married, says Jeffrey A.
Hall, associate professor of communications at the University of Kansas.
“Couples who meet offline often have longer opportunities to get to know each other in a nonromantic friendship before starting a romance, which may be beneficial to long-term stability,” he says.
Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.
Of 19,131 couples who met online and got married, only around 7% were either separated or divorced (the overall U. Cacioppo, director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at The University of Chicago and one of the study’s authors.
The study was funded by online-dating site e but was overseen by independent statisticians, Cacioppo says.
But others say it’s too early in the life of the Internet to make such bold predictions about the power of online dating.
We’re seeing a sea change in those views.” Couples who meet online may actually have a tougher time, says Reuben J.
Thomas, assistant professor of sociology at the City College of New York.
About one-in-five 18- to 24-year olds (22%) now report using mobile dating apps; in 2013, only 5% reported doing so.
One-third of people who have used online dating have never actually gone on a date with someone they met on these sites.
Few Americans had online dating experience when Pew Research Center first polled on the activity in 2005, but today 15% of U. adults report they have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps.