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But the benefit, she says, is that dating online gives you access to a lot more people than you’d ordinarily ever get to meet — and that’s how she connected with her future husband.
These observations have been borne out in a new study by social psychologists collaborating across the country.
She thought he was full of himself and rude during their first encounter.
It definitely wasn’t love at first sight, she said — that took a while.
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Everyone knows someone who met their spouse online.
Online, that process is telescoped and front-loaded, packaged into a neat little digital profile, usually with an equally artificial video attached.
When I asked her if she thought online matchmaking was a better way than offline dating to find guys who were more compatible with her — and, therefore, better husband material — she laughed.
“No, because I couldn’t stand him when I first met him,” she says of her husband.
Overall, the study found, Internet dating is a good thing, especially for singles who don’t otherwise have many opportunities to meet people.
The industry has been successful, of course — and popular: while only 3% of Americans reported meeting their partners online in 2005, that figure had risen to 22% for heterosexual couples and 6% for same-sex couples by 2007-09.