It may not be the traditional method of finding Mr or Mrs Right, but when it comes to true love, it seems online dating is the way forward.
According to new research, those who meet online are more likely to enjoy a long and happy marriage than couples who initially fall in love in the real world. In fact, the study, by psychologists at Chicago University, found that relationships that begin online are 25 per cent less likely to end in divorce or separation.
Researchers quizzed volunteers, each of whom tied the knot between 2005 and 2012, about their happiness.
Of almost 20,000 people who took part, just over a third had met their spouse online, and roughly 50 per cent of those had found love via internet dating, while for the remainder, romance had blossomed on chat rooms or social networking sites.
The results showed that still-married couples who had met online were happier, and people who had found love through work, in a bar or club, or on a blind date were among the least satisfied.
In his report, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, lead author Professor John Cacioppo suggested that the sheer number of potential partners online could be partially responsible for the success rate of online dating.
It's certainly good news for Brits looking for love - in September of last year alone, more than 5.7 million people in the UK logged on to internet dating sites, making Britons Europe's most prolific online daters.
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