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Happily Ever After (Virtually)

Relationships that begin online are often more successful than their “IRL” counterparts.

Fifteen years ago, Internet dating was still so scandalous that when I met my future husband online, I initially told my friends and family that we’d found each other in a coffee shop.Now Internet dating is commonplace, and new research suggests that meeting your significant other online may actually result in a happier marriage. More than one-third of all Americans who married between 2005 and 2012 met their partners online, according to a new study led by John Cacioppo, director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. The study also found that couples who met online were less likely to break up and that the partners reported higher satisfaction in their relationships.Cacioppo is also a scientific advisor to eHarmony, an Internet dating company that commissioned the study of nearly 20,000 participants. Independent statisticians reviewed the data, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Couples who meet online are also twice as likely to end up at the altar as their conventional counterparts, says Stanford University associate p …

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