A study of almost 20,000 people recently showed that people who met online were slightly less likely to separate and reported slightly more marital contentment.

The results should not be interpreted as a cause and effect…such as meeting a person in a supermarket leads to greater happiness than meeting at a singles bar. Instead, there are other factors that occur when meeting a person online that are indeed different than a chance meeting.

One difference with on line dating is that there can be upfront knowledge regarding whether the persons are looking for dating or a long-  term relationship. This is often noted right up front rather that well into several dates, or several months of dating.

Another difference is that the pool of prospective dates comes from a larger and more diverse pool of possibilities.  This may lead to a more compatible match.

Thirdly, there are often plenty of chats, sharing of information, photos, and a chance to share interest topics so that the potential for compatibility is increased.

I would also add that it is truly like a job selection process.  There is the profile (resume), interviews (chats, emails, phone conversations), perhaps a background check … and all this before even meeting face to face.  This can only happen in online dating.  You can know so much more about compatibilities before getting hooked by chemistry or the seduction of being liked (another topic indeed).

Let’s hear your thoughts.  What have your experiences been like?  Or, do you have friends or relatives who you’ve observed doing online dating?  What do you think?


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About erodino

Elaine Rodino, PhD., is CEO of Senior Premier Dating LLC, is a licensed psychologist in private practice. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the Los Angeles Society of Clinical Psychologists. Dr. Rodino is a past president of the APA Divisions of Independent Practice, The Society for Media Psychology and Technology, Central Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA), the Foundation of LACPA, and recipient of the Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Media Psychology Award, and the Distinguished Service Award to LACPA. She has appeared on T.V. and radio and contributes to magazines, newspapers and online health sites on issues regarding Couples, Relationships, Sandwich Generation, Holiday Blues, and other popular topics.

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