Divorce 6 Times More Likely for Couples Who Meet Online

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A recent UK survey conducted by research company Savanta for the Marriage Foundation reveals interesting insights into the correlation between how couples meet and their likelihood of divorce. For couples who tied the knot after 2000, during the surge in online dating popularity, the divorce rate within the first three years stands at 12% for those who met online. In contrast, only 2% of couples who met through friends and family experienced early divorces. The author of the survey report, Harry Benson, suggests that couples meeting online might lack sufficient information about their partner's long-term character, potentially marrying as relative strangers.

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

The survey also highlights the evolution of online dating. In the 1990s, only 1% of couples found their future spouse online. This figure rose to 7% in the 2000s and soared to 28% after 2017, making online dating as prevalent as meeting through friends and family as the primary means of finding a spouse.


1- What is the divorce rate within the first three years for couples who met online after 2000, according to the UK survey?

2- According to Harry Benson, the author of the survey report, what might be a reason for higher divorce rates among couples who meet online?

3- In the 1990s, what percentage of couples found their future spouse online, according to the survey?


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