Online dating can lead to lower divorce rates

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Friday, October 27, 2017.

Many people in Missouri search for love through online dating. There are many sites to choose from, but whether a person is looking on Tinder, OKCupid, EHarmony or Match, online dating can actually be a path to a higher level of satisfaction and longevity for a resulting marriage.

As access to the internet has become a constant part of daily life with the use of smartphones and tablets, online dating options have proliferated. There are various niche sites as well as massive apps that attract millions of users. While some have criticized online dating for encouraging casual hook-ups and a shopping-style approach to human relationships, academic research has shown that long-lasting partnerships that emerge from online dating can be happier than those forged traditionally through in-person social networks.

Access to online dating means reaching out to a wide number of people that a person may never have met without the use of the sites. This means that people’s options are far greater, potentially leading them to find someone with a much higher level of compatibility than existing classmates, co-workers or friends. Online dating can also help people form relationships outside of their own geographical area because of the reach of the sites. It also tends to lead to a higher number of interracial relationships, due to the same factors of expanded social networks.

As of 2017, one-third of marriages begin with online dating. It is now the second-most popular way for men and women to meet each other for dating and relationships. Beyond simple popularity, however, data shows that couples who met via online dating are more likely to report higher levels of satisfaction with their marriage and have lower rates of divorce.

However a couple meets, however, circumstances and lives can always change. When a divorce is necessary, a family law attorney can help to ensure that a spouse’s assets and interests are protected and a fair settlement is reached on child custody, child support, asset distribution and other applicable issues.

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