The sample included 19,131 participants who had been married once between 20, and were asked where they met – was it online dating sites; email or instant messaging; online communities such as chat rooms or virtual reality games; or social networking sites.Those who met on social networking sites were more likely to be younger, married more recently, and African American compared to those who met on other ways on the internet.Unlike most other dating sites, e Harmony only allows users to contact those the system has determined to be highly compatible, and sometimes this process can take weeks - even months - to receive enough of a sample size to pay the higher-than-normal fee.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s just a little odd to look at until you grow accustomed to it.
Well, the only way you’ll be able to get used to, is by being a part of the site for some time to come, which is something that you have to decide for yourself.
MORE: Online Dating Doesn’t Just Save You Time, It Saves You at Least $6,400And when the participants were compared on marital satisfaction, the partners who met via social networking reported being just as happy as those who were introduced on online dating sites, which tout their compatibility benefits, and more satisfied than those who met on online communities, which nurture conversations among people with similar interests and beliefs.
What surprised Hall even more, however, was that the social networking-based relationships were happier than those that began offline, in traditional ways such as being introduced by mutual friends.“I was surprised by a lot of these results,” he says.
Online dating can be so stressful – filling out the profile and keeping up with all the interactions can feel like a job – so it’s no surprise that sometimes digital romance blooms under more Facebook friend-ly circumstances.