I think the best outcome of this study was to show that 35% of marriages now begin online. Aditi Paul, a Ph D candidate at Michigan State, did a study this past year claiming quite the opposite, but ultimately differentiating people’s outcomes by their intentions.Her abstract says that previous studies, including the one I mentioned above, have primarily looked at marital relationships.We refer to these individuals throughout this report as “online daters,” and we define them in the following way: Taken together, 11% of all American adults have done one or both of these activities and are classified as “online daters.” In terms of demographics, online dating is most common among Americans in their mid-20’s through mid-40’s.Some 22% of 25-34 year olds and 17% of 35-44 year olds are online daters.But based on the number of matches and messages, it appears like love is quite a lift.A couple of months ago, I was sitting at a bar minding my own business when the woman next to me did something strange.
One rather large caveat with this study is that it was funded by none other than online dating site e Harmony, so I can’t say whether or not any bias on that site’s part was introduced, but I’m guessing it wasn’t ignored, either.Someone posed this question to me yesterday: Does online dating create more long-lasting relationships than the “real world” does?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.Online dating is also relatively popular among the college-educated, as well as among urban and suburban residents.And 38% of Americans who are single and actively looking for a partner have used online dating at one point or another.