Divorce 6 Times More Likely for Couples Who Meet Online

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A recent survey conducted in the UK by research company Savanta for the Marriage Foundation sheds light on the relationship between the mode of initial acquaintance and the likelihood of divorce among married couples. The study, which surveyed over 2,000 adults aged 30 and above, focused on their marriage history, including where they met their spouse and their current marital status.

For couples marrying post-2000, a period coinciding with the surge in online dating, the data reveals a noteworthy trend. Approximately 12% of couples who initially met online experienced divorce within the first three years of marriage. In stark contrast, only 2% of couples who met through friends and family faced a similar fate. The survey's author, Harry Benson, suggests that couples who meet online may grapple with a lack of comprehensive insights into their partner's long-term character, potentially entering into marriage with a relative lack of familiarity.

However, as the duration of marriage progresses, the dynamics of divorce rates undergo a shift. Among couples wedded 10 or more years ago, those who met through work reported the highest divorce rate at 24%. This surpassed the divorce rates of couples who met online (20%), in a bar or restaurant (19%), and through friends and family (15%).

Moreover, the survey provides valuable insights into the changing landscape of dating methods. In the 1990s, a mere 1% of couples found their future spouse online. This figure climbed to 7% in the 2000s and soared to an impressive 28% after 2017, positioning online dating on par with friends and family as the primary avenue for spouse discovery.


1- What key factor does the recent UK survey focus on regarding married couples?

2- What percentage of couples who met online experienced divorce within the first three years of marriage?

3- How has the landscape of online dating changed over the years, according to the survey?


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Parts of this lesson are based on: An article by Karen Turtle.