In a Chicago Sun Times article, the author notes important facts about the research.
The research was commissioned by the dating website e Harmony.
According to officials of e Harmony, e Harmony funded 0,000 of the field research.
According to a University of Chicago study conducted on 19,131 people who married between 20, “more than one in three met their spouse online.
Of those who met their spouse online, nearly half met through online dating sites.” The first conclusion from this study is that more than one-third of marriages in the United States now start online.
Online dating sites were the most popular way of meeting someone above other social media channels, such as Facebook or chat rooms.
The study also concluded that marriages that started by online dating were “slightly less likely to result in a marital break-up (separation or divorce).” Finally, the study concluded that marriages that started by online dating were “associated with slightly higher marital satisfaction among those respondents who remained married.” Mixed Reactions to the Results There are many critics that question the validity of these studies.
Further, one of the five co-authors is a former e Harmony researcher.
Many critics see the researcher’s connection to e Harmony as showing a clear bias and non-objective role in the studies.
Other critics, like social psychologist Eli Finkel of Northwestern University, believe that the findings about greater happiness in online couples “are tiny effects.” Finkel published his own research last year and found “no compelling evidence” to support dating-website claims that their algorithms work better than other ways of pairing romantic partners.
Dating and Marriage Today Gone are the days when people were more likely to meet their future spouse in school or at work.
In the ever-increasing busy society in which we live, many are finding it harder to meet people through normal everyday social interactions.
People are spending more time in front of a computer than face-to-face, and as a result, online dating has skyrocketed.
Dating Studies Because online dating has become so popular, researchers have begun studying the long-term effects of online dating on relationships, including how it affects marriage and divorce rates.