"I do think mobile dating is going to be the main driver of this growth."The research, based on a survey of more than 19,000 individuals who married between 20, also found relationships that began online are slightly happier and less likely to split than those that started offline.
Findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, put the percentage of married couples that now meet online at almost 35% -- which gives what may be the first broad look at the overall percentage of new marriages that result from meeting online.
Cacioppo has been a member of e Harmony's Scientific Advisory Board since it was created in 2007.
In addition, former e Harmony researcher Gian Gonzaga is one of the five co-authors."It's a very impressive study," says social psychologist Eli Finkel of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
Marriage has been a declining institution among all Americans and this decline is even more evident in the Black community.
In 2014 only 29% of African Americans were married compared to 48% of all Americans.
About 45% of couples met on dating sites; the rest met on online social networks, chat rooms, instant messaging or other online forums.
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