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Family 411: Online Dating & Marriage

Updated: Tuesday, November 19 2013, 04:26 PM EST
One in three Americans now meet their spouses online. New research shows those marriages are less likely to end in divorce.

Kathleen Zinnecker's online dating profile sounded a bit like a movie -- anyone interested MUST LOVE DOGS.

"You're professional, you're working during the day. You don't want to go out to the bars to find somebody," said Kathleen Zinnecker.

"I was the eternal skeptic," said Troy Nelson.

It's marriage number two for both Kathleen and Troy.

Linda Poynter was single for 30 years before meeting her husband Vince.

"You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince," said Poynter.

A University of Chicago study found in the last seven years, nearly 8% of marriages initiated offline ended in breakups. Couples married after meeting online only reported a 6% breakup rate.

"Here's the biggest difference. I've met so many people who met the traditional way who married out of obligation," said relationship expert David Coleman.

Coleman says people looking for a permanent relationship online can be more direct.

"It's basically buying a used car, a human being. I was able to get on, check out all the things I wanted to know, and I said that's a darn good model with a little mileage. I'll take it," said Coleman.

That same study also found couples who met online reported greater marital satisfaction.


Family 411: Online Dating & Marriage


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