Couples who meet through online dating dating are less likely to get divorced, a leading expert claims.
Marina Adshade, the author of ‘Dirty Money: the Economics of Sex and Love’, says that statistics showing that the divorce rate has dropped from 14 per 1,000 in 2004 to 10.8 in 2011, can be attributed to the increase of couples meeting via the internet.
According to Adshade, this data, gathered by the Office for National Statistics, is evidence marriages formed before online dating took off are weaker, as “given that divorce is most common between a couple’s fourth and eighth anniversaries, most of those who split when divorce rates peaked in 2003 and 2004 would have married just as the online dating markets were opening up and, presumably, met much earlier”.
The success of marriages forged through meeting online is, Adshade says, due to the fact that internet has introduced people to a larger “market”, meaning that fewer singles are forced to settle for less-than- perfect partners. She said: ” before internet dating became available, many singles faced thin markets that encouraged them to settle for imperfect matches, and imperfect matches frequently ended up in divorce.
“Starting in the late 1990s, and increasingly through the 2010’s access to the internet brought buyers and sellers together, virtually, all in one place, so the Internet generated a whole variety of ways for us to meet new people.”
However, Adshade’s consumer and market based theory is not universally accepted. Jamima Doull,55, who has been married for 25 years does not agree that meeting online increases the chance of a successful marriage. She said: “Meeting online is no guarantee that a marriage is going to work for life. There are so many factors that can complicate life.
“[Adshade] says that what you’ve done is ‘vetted’ someone, like a work interview. But you have no mutual history: how do you know you haven’t got a mother-in-law from hell?”