Many Minnesota marriages end in divorce. Yet, recent research shows that how couples meet may have a hand in how likely their marriages are to last the long haul. Studies show that when individuals meet their spouse online, as many people do, their marriages are more likely to end in divorce than they would be if they had met under other circumstances.
According to Today, a study of more than 2,000 adults who were at least 30 and who had been in marriage at least once revealed how the different ways they met their partners impacted the duration of their marriages.
The prevalence of online dating
Before the 2000s, about two-thirds of adults met their partners through family members, social settings or in social environments, such as parties, bars or nightclubs. However, in the time since, online dating has become the main way couples meet, with more than half of all couples now meeting in this manner.
The effects of online dating before marriage
Study findings revealed that 12% of couples who first met online wind up going through a divorce within the first three years of their marriage. Comparatively, only about 2% of couples who meet through other means split up within this same span. After 10 years of marriage, 17% of those who met online divorced, while 10% of those who met in other ways did the same.
A researcher who worked on the study noted that, for some, online dating works well. However, he cautioned that problems do arise sometimes when couples marry without having adequate background information on one another.