Couples Who Meet Online Have Strong Marriages

Some may think couples who meet online just won’t make it, but new findings prove that’s just not true. Researchers from Stanford University looked at 2,669 partnered subjects from the “How Couples Meet and Stay Together” project. They discovered that 50 percent of couples who met online and subsequently got married did so within three to four years of meeting. It took more than ten years before half of the couples who met through other means were formally hitched. Study leader and social demographer Michael Rosenfeld says, “I was a little surprised, given that the common wisdom about internet dating is that internet dating undermines relationship stability. On the other hand, my previous research suggested that couples who met online were just as stable as couples who met offline, and this continues to be true.” It’s also notable that the advent of the internet hasn’t changed how often we marry or divorce.