Surrounded by potential partners, she pulled out her phone, hid it coyly beneath the counter, and opened the online dating app Tinder.
On her screen, images of men appeared and then disappeared to the left and right, depending on the direction in which she wiped.
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 first observation here is that in as much as access to online dating and social networking sites lowers the cost of searching for a mate, increased access to the Internet should lead to higher quality marriages.
The second observation is that once people are married, because the cost of continuing to search for a new mate is also low with greater access to the Internet, people might continue to search for a new mate who exceeds the value of their existing mate.
Of course, others have worried about these sorts of questions before.
But the fear that online dating is changing us, collectively, that it's creating unhealthy habits and preferences that aren't in our best interests, is being driven more by paranoia than it is by actual facts.
The results were also statistically controlled for marriage duration and other demographic factors such as education, he says.
But others say it’s too early in the life of the Internet to make such bold predictions about the power of online dating.Do a quick online search for the term “What causes divorce” and you will be greeted with a myriad of sites claiming to have the answer.A popular claim is that online dating and social networking sites are major contributors to infidelity and divorce.In its conclusion, the study speculated that the practice of looking for partners online may itself “suppress the desire for getting married” leading to more problems within the married relationship once it begins.A couple of months ago, I was sitting at a bar minding my own business when the woman next to me did something strange.A single person wants to be married and knows the minimum qualities another person must have in order for them to be a suitable spouse.