Your friends have all recommended online dating to you, but you’re still skeptical. It can be hard to believe that online dating is any better than dating offline, or the “old-fashioned” way. But here’s the truth: there have been a bunch of online dating studies that can confirm its success. Take a look at some of the most reputable studies that prove online dating is the more reliable way to find a meaningful relationship:
- Core values are more important than looks. It’s something we’ve heard ever since we were kids. Don’t judge a book by its cover. It’s what’s on the inside that counts. It turns out, that leads to more success with dating, and online dating outperforms offline dating significantly in this department. Without a person’s physical presence looming over all of your initial interactions, online daters can emphasize their core values when speaking. The focus of online dating is communication, which ensures that users are actually communicating about the things that matter to them. This communication leads to healthier, more open relationships forged over bonding of shared interests and beliefs. A study by a professor at the University of Ohio found this makes online dating more successful — even when it moves offline.
- Couples who meet online are less likely to end in separation or divorce. According to online dating studies conducted by the University of Chicago, couples who meet digitally have more sustainable relationships. Perhaps this is because of the emphasis on their core values. Regardless, online dating is changing how we think of marriage — and how successful those marriages are.
- Technology vastly improves access, communication, and matching. Online dating has made it convenient to find and possibly match with a larger number of people than most of us would otherwise have the opportunity to consider. It also allows us the chance to take in a wide variety of information about someone before deciding to meet them in person. In some cases, we get that information before we even decide to message them. We’re also able to automatically filter out qualities we’re certain would make for poor partnerships. One of the Association for Psychological Science’s online dating studies found this uniqueness of online dating’s matches to be far superior.
- Algorithms make better matches. In another recent study, personalities, emotions, values, and interests of married couples were analyzed. Couples who met online had more in common than couples who didn’t. But that’s not all! Couples with more in common were found to have higher satisfaction in their relationships. For users who are looking for meaningful relationships, it’s clear that online matchmaking is the way to go. So, stop resisting and start your happily ever after. It may start online, but the happiness is all in real life.