Would you marry or date someone you met online?
A new study reports that marriages which begin as online relationships are usually more secure and happier than those of couples who meet in person.
According to an article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), the Internet, social networking and online dating sites have affected how people meet future spouses.
The PNAS took a sample of 19,131 people who were married between 2005 and 2012. They found that more than one-third of those marriages began online. Those marriages were less likely to end in separation or divorce, compared to couples who met in off-line venues.
Marriages which began online also had higher rates of marital satisfaction.
PNAS says the data it received in its survey suggest that the Internet could be ultimately "altering the dynamics and outcomes of marriage itself."