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.
It was founded in 2002 by Darren Morgenstern, with the slogan: "Life is short.
For instance, people who meet online may be different from people who meet offline in some way not measured, such as motivation to find a spouse or impulse control.
Or perhaps the large pool of potential mates online allows people to be more selective in finding a compatible spouse, Cacioppo said.
Online romance In their survey of 19,131 people (just one person from each married couple participated), Cacioppo and his colleagues found 92 percent were still married in 2012, 7.44 percent were separated or divorced and about 0.5 percent were widowed.
Of the approximately one-third of married couples who met online, 45 percent met on online dating sites (the most popular were e Harmony and Match.com, which were responsible for half of the dating-site matches).
Another 21 percent met on social networks, while the rest got to know each other from a mixture of blogs, gaming sites, chat rooms, discussion groups and other online communities.