Study: 35% of new marriages started with online intro (podcast)

eHarmony.com CEO says the study also found that couple who met online have slightly longer-lasting and slightly more-satisfying marriages.

More than one-third of all U.S. marriages between 2005 and 2012 involve couples who met online, according to a study commissioned by dating service eHarmony.com.

eHarmony CEO Neil Clark Warren eHarmony

The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive and analyzed by a University of Chicago professor, found that, compared to people who met offline, these marriages "were slightly less likely to result in a marital breakup (separation or divorce) and were associated with slightly higher marital satisfaction among those respondents who remained married."

The survey, based on a survey of 19,131 married respondents, was published last month in through the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

To find out more about the study and online dating might , I spoke with eHarmony founder and CEO Neil Clark Warren.

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Larry Magid is a technology journalist and an Internet safety advocate. He's been writing and speaking about Internet safety since he wrote Internet safety guide "Child Safety on the Information Highway" in 1994. He is co-director of ConnectSafely.org, founder of SafeKids.com and SafeTeens.com, and a board member of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Larry's technology analysis and commentary can be heard on CBS News and CBS affiliates, and read on CBSNews.com. He also writes a personal-tech column for the San Jose Mercury News. You can e-mail Larry.

 

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