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Research found couples who met online were more likely to be planning to cohabit. Photograph: iStock. But while such tech has long been associated with hookups, or casual relationships, a study suggests those who couple up after swiping right have as satisfying a relationship as those who met via traditional encounters — and might even be keener to settle down. Writing in the journal PLOS One, Dr Potarca analysed results from the nationally representative family and generations survey conducted by the Swiss federal statistical office that quizzed those aged 15 to 79 on a multitude of issues, including where couples met, and their intentions within that relationship. Dr Potarca focused on a sample of 3, partnered individuals over the age of 18, and whose relationship was no more than 10 years old, finding that while the majority of individuals reported meeting their partner offline, met their partner through dating apps, met them via dating websites and found their partner by means of other online services.
Online Dating & Relationships
As online dating has increased in popularity and lost much of its stigma over the past few decades, researchers have speculated that it could change the landscape of dating — and perhaps marriage — in big ways. A Pew Research Center analysis of recently released survey data from Stanford University finds that couples who meet online are, in fact, more likely to be diverse in some of these dimensions. But this can be explained by the fact that online daters tend to be younger than those who meet offline, and younger people are more likely to be in relationships with people who are different from them, regardless of how they meet.