Do people who meet online have more successful marriages? Maybe so.
A new study from the University of Chicago has found that one-third of American marriages involve people who met online. And it appears that those couples have higher levels of marital satisfaction than those who meet in more traditional ways.
According to a story on Marketwarch.com, the study found that of couples who got together online, 5.9% broke up, versus 7.6% of those who met offline.
Dr. John Cacioppo, one of the study’s authors, says “Given the marriages that we studied were from one to seven years in duration, I was surprised we found any differences in marital breakups.”
One caveat--the study was funded by online-dating site eHarmony.com. However, the results were analyzed by independent statisticians.
But some say it’s too early in the life of the Internet to be making bold predictions about the power of online dating. Jason Krafsky, who co-authored the book “Facebook and Your Marriage” says “I’m not ready to accept that any marriage that begins on any online site is better quality than offline relationships.”
Krafsy says that’s because the phenomenon of meeting online is still relatively new, and only half of divorces occur in the first eight years.”
E-Harmony’s founder, Dr. Neil Clark Warren, is encouraged by the results. Dr. Warren says it’s his mission to reduce the divorce rate from 50% to single digits.
He says “It’s not that it’s too easy to get divorced,” Warren says. “It’s that it’s too easy to get married.”
By the way, if you’re single and looking for a life mate, let me recommend a section of scripture you may find helpful—Galatians 5:22-23. That’s the “Fruit of the Spirit” passage. If you focus on those qualities in a dating partner, and ask God to help you develop them yourself—you’re more likely to have a successful marriage from the start.
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.