ASU NEWS - "If you met your partner online, you were a little happier and a little less likely to break up or dissolve the marriage," said Liesel Sharabi, professor at Arizona State University. Sharabi wanted to know why. Her findings are outlined in a new study titled "The Enduring Effect of Internet Dating: Meeting Online and the Road to Marriage" in the journal Communication Research. Sharabi is director of ASU's Relationships and Technology Lab. Her research presents a view of online dating through 4 stages and 13 subcategories. Online dating allows participants to get the backstory before moving forward. "You don't have to worry that you're going to be 6 months into a relationship and just then learn something that is a deal breaker," said Sharabi, who also writes an online dating blog called Dating in the Digital Age for Psychology Today. Some relationships formed online took more time to develop, Sharabi said, with emotional intimacy preceding physical intimacy. It turns out this created a better foundation for a future union. Compatibility is key, and the more specific the search, the greater the chance of meeting someone with shared interests.
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