Does Looking for Love Online Stand the 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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