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February 10, 2014

Meeting online doesn’t hurt chances for successful marriage, KU study finds

Only days before Valentine’s Day, a new study from the University of Kansas shows that people who met through social networking sites were as likely to have successful marriages as others. And perhaps they did even better, according to a prepared statement from university researchers.

Only days before Valentine’s Day, a new study from the University of Kansas shows that people who met through social networking sites were as likely to have successful marriages as others. And perhaps they did even better, according to a prepared statement from university researchers.

Jeffrey Hall, an associate professor, did the study by looking at 18,527 Americans who married between 2005 and 2012, the KU statement said. He compared people who met through social networking sites to those who first connected online in other ways, such as Internet dating sites, chat rooms, discussion groups, virtual worlds, e-mail, instant messaging or messages on blogs. Hall then looked at how social networking site couples compared to those who met offline, the statement said.

Among other things, the study showed that people who met through social networking sites seemed somewhat more likely to be satisfied in their marriage than those who met in traditional offline ways, such as through friends, the statement said.

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