Of 19,131 couples who met online and got married, only around 7% were either separated or divorced (the overall U. Cacioppo, director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at The University of Chicago and one of the study’s authors.
The study was funded by online-dating site e but was overseen by independent statisticians, Cacioppo says.
"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, editor- in-chief of Virtual Reality Medical Institute, Brussels, Belgium and Interactive Media Institute.
Married couples that were introduced online are three times more likely to divorce that those who initially met in-person.
Published in the peer-reviewed journal the article 'Is Online Better Than Offline for Meeting Partners' says that other factors such as the quality and the duration of the relationship can help predict whether a couple will break-up or stay together.
The late film critic Roger Ebert once gave this advice to those looking for love: “Never marry someone who doesn’t love the movies you love.
Around one-third of American marriages now begin online.
Most of us know long-lasting couples that first connected on the Internet, but researchers from Michigan State University and Stanford found that both divorce and separation rates of people who meet online are higher than those who are first introduced in traditional settings.
The study found that relationships that start online are 28 percent more likely to end within a year.
After studying more than 4,000 couples, relationships were found to be more stable if the pair initially met face-to-face through mutual friends, work, hobbies or social events.
Couples who hit it off online are less likely get married.