Online couples also scored slightly higher on a scale of marital satisfaction than couples who met offline, though the difference was small.
The small differences aren't surprising, the researchers wrote, given how much more goes into a happy marriage beyond where the partners first met.
This self-disclosure is linked to greater appeal and to firmer friendships in these studies.
Cacioppo and his colleagues also found that the location of face-to-face meetings correlated with couples’ happiness.
"Moreover, analyses of breakups indicated that marriages that began in an online meeting were less likely to end in separation or divorce than marriages that began in an offline venue." [6 Scientific Tips for a Successful Marriage] The study was funded by the dating site e Harmony.
Independent statisticians oversaw the data, and e Harmony agreed that the results could be published regardless of how the data reflected on the website.
The most-satisfied married couples who met offline got to know each other through school, church, social gatherings or by growing up together.
The least-satisfied offline couples met through work, family, at bars or on blind dates.
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Meeting through friends was second, at 19 percent, and school came in third, at 11 percent.
Other less-frequent meeting places included bars, churches or temples, blind dates and growing up together.
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