A study published in the academic journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed the most unexpected and amazing thing about romantic relationships. It appears that individuals who have met their spouse for the first time online have higher chances of building longer and more satisfying marriages.
With all skepticism aside, it seems that online relationships end up in happier marriages with a smaller chance of getting a divorce than couples who meet offline. Whether meeting through a dating website or social media, couples founded online do have stronger marriages. How can that be? There are quite a few theories that seem to explain not only why couples stay together more often, but also why they might be slightly happier.
The first theory relies on the fact that individuals who meet their spouse online tend to be more selective in their efforts of picking a partner. The online environment allows individuals to be honest about what they really want in a relationship and makes it easier for them to share that truth with prospective partners. A relationship that is based on truth continues to build even more trust over the years and lasts longer. When anxiety is taken out of the equation, it makes room for honesty and transparency, which ultimately contributes to cementing a long lasting relationship.
Another theory suggests that individuals who end up forming marriages after meeting online tend to have a different motivation for doing so than those who meet in bars, through work, or blind dates. In fact, many of these people set out to seek a partner for life, not a simple fling. They believe in love and they are totally driven by their goal of finding love. Consequently, they are more likely to succeed in finding their soul mate because they are more determined to do so.
The results of the study shocked the academic world and were met with skepticism by married couples who met the conventional way. However, the findings are impossible to ignore given the fact that the number of people meeting online continues to grow every day. Many times, such meetings finish up in solid business connections, friendships, and sometimes marriages. As shocking as it may sound, data clearly suggest that the Internet may be changing the outcomes and dynamics of marriage itself.
Online dating involves a meticulous questionnaire designed to reveal the most compatible partner for an individual. The fact that people are more compatible from the start also seems to play a significant role in the success of future marriages. The chances of identifying that single most compatible individual are higher online, as dating websites offer a pool of potential mates. Within this context, it seems obvious why online relationships stand higher chances of ending up in long lasting and happy marriages.
The internet has altered every possible aspect of life. It now offers hope in a world where so many couples break up and so many families, children, and communities are torn up by marital discord.
What do you think about this study?
P.S: YAH! That means hubby and I have a good chance of staying together since we met online! Whoo hoo!