Couples Who Meet On Dating Apps More Likely To Divorce
Finding your true love can be difficult, especially in the age of COVID. With quarantines and social distancing in place, meeting people and finding dates in person is not an easy feat. That’s why many people are turning to online dating through apps such as Match.com, eHarmony, and Tinder.
While using these apps can make it easier to find and schedule dates, they don’t guarantee you’ll live happily ever after. In fact, studies show that meeting your spouse online can lead to an early divorce.
The study, entitled, “Relative Strangers: The Importance of Social Capital for Marriage,” polled 2,000 adults who were age 30 or older and married at some point. The results show that 12% of couples who met online ended up divorced in the first three years of marriage. This is six times the rate of those who met through friends. Of those who met in school, the divorce rate is 8% after three years. Of couples who met at work, 7% divorced within three years of marriage.
On top of that, the divorce rate tends to increase for each year that goes by. For those who meet through apps, the likelihood of divorce is 17% after seven years of marriage. For those who meet through friends, there is just a 10% risk of divorce.
So why is meeting online such a risky proposition? It’s because couples who meet online are marrying relative strangers. They are meeting and having relationships with random people they are meeting through apps rather than meeting through work, school, or friends, which gives couples a better opportunity to get to know someone. Those who meet online don’t have a lot of background information available. They have to rely a lot on trust and good judgment. Plsu, they lack support networks to help them deal with any challenges they may face.
Should You Avoid Online Dating?
The results of the study may cause you to avoid online dating and find other ways to meet people. While you should be aware of the risks of marrying someone you met online, you shouldn’t necessarily avoid online dating altogether.
Online dating is easier than meeting someone in person. The process is more streamlined and created to meet your criteria. Online dating gives you more options and helps you find people who match your requirements, personality, and interests. In fact, it is estimated that by 2035, most couples will have met online.
Seek Legal Help
It can be hard to find your soulmate, that person you are most compatible with. Whether you meet them online or in-person, you’ll both need to work hard to keep the relationship intact.
While online dating should not be discounted, it’s important to be aware of the risks involved. If your marriage is in trouble, seek legal help from Fort Lauderdale divorce attorney Edward J. Jennings, P.A. We can help you through the legal aspects of the divorce process. Fill out the online form or call 954-764-4330 to schedule a consultation.