They could just be doing what everyone else is doing (i.e. But even without that information, if online dating and social networking sites were a major cause of divorce we would expect to see some evidence of this in a detailed data set like the one used in this analysis. You would be surprised how silent academic research is on this issue.I haven’t even been able to find any evidence that infidelity is a cause of divorce, so it isn’t that surprising that Internet-aided infidelity is not driving divorce rates.
Again the empirical analysis finds that increased access to the Internet decreases divorce rates except in this analysis the result is not statistically significant.
Again the addition of control variables (like income, education, race, number of children etc.) makes the effect of having access to the Internet on divorce completely disappear.
This could be due to the relative newness of the online dating platform as well as the fact that online couples tend to break up more frequently than couples who met offline.
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.
While couples who met online were statistically found to be about as likely to end a relationship as an offline couple, the divorce rate for the couples who met online and then got married was far higher.
Despite the high divorce rate, the study found that 60% of those who are currently in romantic relationships that began online are not married.
Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.
Few Americans had online dating experience when Pew Research Center first polled on the activity in 2005, but today 15% of U. adults report they have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps.
The study found that one in ten Americans have used an online dating service to find a partner and two-thirds of these users have gone on an actual date with someone they met on the site.
Nearly 50% of those surveyed reported looking for marital relationships on dating sites.
Online dating has jumped among adults under age 25 as well as those in their late 50s and early 60s.