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Does Looking for Love Online Stand the Test of Time

Does Looking for Love Online Stand Test of Time?

Online dating sites, social media and specific apps have significantly changed the way singles meet, date, develop relationships, and even marry.

A new study looks at this practice and compares online and offline meeting venues and if the setting of the initial meeting influences long-term bonds.

Researchers looked at the development of marital and non-marital relationships, and whether breakup rates for both marital and non-marital relationships differ depending on whether a couple first met online or offline.

Research findings are reports in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.

In the article, researchers found couples who met online have higher breakup rates compared to couples who met offline (both in marital or non-marital romantic relationships).

Additional factors besides the meeting venue can help predict whether a couple will stay together or break up, researchers said. And the factors may differ for marital versus non-marital relationships and include the quality and duration of the relationship.

“The time-tested qualities of trust and intimacy still remain important factors on determining whether a couple stays together, regardless of whether they meet offline or online,” says Brenda K. Wiederhold, Ph.D.

Source: Mary Ann Liebert


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Does Looking for Love Online Stand Test of Time?

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Does Looking for Love Online Stand Test of Time?. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 20, 2019, from
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