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Meeting Your Soulmate Online

(CNN) — The Internet has transformed how we work, how we keep up with friends and family, and apparently, how we find Mister or Miss Right.

Online meet-ups are increasingly leading to marriage.

You can find your dream home online, plan a dream vacation online, and yes, even find your dream man or woman online.

With the Internet playing an ever-important role in our lives, the National Academy of Sciences wanted to find out how it’s affecting Americans’ search for a spouse.

So it surveyed more than 19,000 people who married between 2005 and 2012, and found that nearly 35 percent met their spouse online.

Nearly half of those couples met through an online dating site, but there are other online venues that are leading couples down the aisle.

Twenty percent of the online lovebirds said they met through social networking

Nearly 10 percent said they found love in a chat room and some four percent met in a multi-player game site.

Of course, the internet is not everyone’s ideal meet-up spot.

Of the 65 percent of people surveyed who said they met their husband or wife offline, the workplace was the most popular venue, while many others met through friends.

Researchers also wanted to know if there was any correlation between where couples met and whether or not they stayed married.

The good news: More than 92 percent of the couples surveyed were still married.

The marriages that began online were slightly less likely to end in separation or divorce.


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