Solid empirical evidence on the marital outcomes associated with meeting on-line vs. Here we report the results of a nationally representative survey of 19,131 respondents who married between 20 () the extent to which the specific on-line venue, or the specific off-line venue, in which couples met is associated with marital satisfaction and marital break-ups.
The advent of the Internet, social networking, and on-line dating has affected how people meet future spouses, but little is known about the prevalence or outcomes of these marriages or the demographics of those involved.
traditional off-line venues, but the findings for marital break-up and marital satisfaction remained significant after statistically controlling for these differences.
These data suggest that the Internet may be altering the dynamics and outcomes of marriage itself.
However, little has been known about the demographic characteristics of individuals who meet their spouse on-line or about the satisfaction or break-ups of marriages in which couples meet on-line vs. Various on-line dating sites claim that their methods for pairing individuals produce more frequent, higher quality, or longer lasting marriages, but the evidence underlying the claims to date has not met conventional standards of scientific evidence including: () randomized clinical trials (3, 9).
In studies of marital outcomes, one cannot randomize directly how one actually meets one’s spouse so the current study was designed to address methodological problems .