We’d like to think that online dating has lost its taboo, but that’s not completely true. Folks who have always been successful meeting people offline have a hard time not thinking that online dating is for socially-dysfunctional singles. We hope that as the years pass, everyone will finally embrace the truth – that meeting online is just as legitimate as meeting in a bar.
And this new study should do just that. According to the Huffington Post, research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has shown that 35% of couple married between the years 2005 and 2012 met online, and that those relationships created online have a 2% less chance of ending in divorce. Sure it’s not much, but they also reported slightly higher marital satisfaction than those that met offline.
“It is possible that individuals who met their spouse online may be different in personality, motivation to form a long-term marital relationship, or some other factor,” lead author John Cacioppo said in a press release.
Online dating may not reach its full, accepted potential for years to come, but it will happen. And as people find that their friends are in healthy, long term relationships with people they met online, we hope more singles will turn to the online dating world and will see that it’s a smart, safe, and convenient way to find their soul mate.