Internet dating was something of a joke just a few years ago, but it might be the best way to land a successful marriage, according to a new study.
The study conducted by a team of Chicago University psychologists found a relationship that begins online has a higher chance of succeeding than meeting via friends or by chance.
The psychologists surveyed about 20,000 people who had wed between 2005 and 2012.
According to the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the couples who were still married were happier if they had met online.
The success might be because internet daters are more motivated and put more work into finding the right match, said the researchers, reports the Daily Mail.
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Relationships that originated at work, a bar, a club or on a blind date were 25 percent more likely to fail. The couples that did stay together reported being the least satisfied.
Professor John Cacioppo, who led the study, said the enormous numbers of potential relationships online might account for success on the web.
Online daters are also more likely to see each other again after a first date because of the information they previously share on the web.
The study was commissioned by the matchmaking website eHarmony.com.
Source: Daily Mail