The s changed premarital sex. Prior to the sexual revolution, unmarried heterosexual sex partners tended to marry each other sometimes motivated by a shotgun pregnancy ; in more recent decades, first sex usually does not lead to marriage. Figure 1 shows how the odds of having only one lifetime sex partner have declined over the twentieth century for married Americans. The biggest declines occurred for people born between the s and the s, the latter of whom came of age during the sexual revolution of the s. How have our marriages been affected? Survey respondents who tied the knot as virgins had the lowest divorce rates, but beyond that, the relationship between sexual biography and marital stability was less clear.
Marriages That Start Through Online Dating Are Happier
Covering a story? Visit our page for journalists or call Get more with UChicago News delivered to your inbox. More than a third of marriages between and began online, according to new research at the University of Chicago, which also found that online couples have happier, longer marriages. Although the study did not determine why relationships that started online were more successful, the reasons may include the strong motivations of online daters, the availability of advance screening and the sheer volume of opportunities online.
Meeting online leads to happier, more enduring marriages
More than a third of recent marriages in the USA started online, according to a study out Monday that presents more evidence of just how much technology has taken hold of our lives. The research, based on a survey of more than 19, individuals who married between and , also found relationships that began online are slightly happier and less likely to split than those that started offline. Lead author John Cacioppo, a psychologist and director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago, says dating sites may "attract people who are serious about getting married. While Cacioppo is a noted researcher and the study is in a prestigious scientific journal, it is not without controversy.
Couples who meet online and get married are slightly less likely to divorce than couples who first meet face-to-face, new research finds. The study, a generally representative look at American couples married between and , found that virtual meetings are becoming more of a norm: More than a third of married couples in that time met on the Internet. These couples tended to be happier in their relationships than couples who met offline, the researchers report this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study was funded by the dating site eHarmony. Independent statisticians oversaw the data, and eHarmony agreed that the results could be published regardless of how the data reflected on the website.