Despite the high divorce rate, the study found that 60% of those who are currently in romantic relationships that began online are not married.
The study, a generally representative look at American couples married between 20, 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.
Independent statisticians oversaw the data, and e Harmony agreed that the results could be published regardless of how the data reflected on the website.
Online romance In their survey of 19,131 people (just one person from each married couple participated), Cacioppo and his colleagues found 92 percent were still married in 2012, 7.44 percent were separated or divorced and about 0.5 percent were widowed.
Nearly 50% of those surveyed reported looking for marital relationships on dating sites.
While couples who met online were statistically found to be about as likely to end a relationship as an offline couple, the divorce rate for the couples who met online and then got married was far higher.