On behalf of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A.
Everybody talks about the wonders of online dating and how amazing it is. It is a necessity for some people who may be too busy with their careers and without free time to meet someone. But things have changed quite a bit since the World Wide Web took over. People change jobs and relationships very often. Whether due to lack of commitment or the availability of information, statistics show that about 28% of couples who met online file for divorce during their first year of marriage. This is a high percentage considering how long the internet has been available.
A recent study with 4,000 couples shows that relationships are more stable when couples meet in traditional ways. Also, couples who meet online have a poor relationship when compared to those who meet in real life. People show their best self when dating online but you have no idea who they truly are. It is almost as if they are acting and pretending to be something they’re not. Of course, there are always good honest people out there but it is more difficult to find them online because everybody seems pretty good.
The percentage of breakups for non-marital relationships is also higher in internet dating. There is a study from the University of Chicago that suggests that online relationships are stronger but unfortunately that study was funded by the dating site eHarmony so it loses its validity. Sites like eHarmony claim to have special algorithms to match people with a potential partner according to psychological research. Unfortunately, these sites prevent the common scenario of opposites attracting, which can be beneficial for some couples that balance each other out.
Many online daters say they are too tired of browsing so many profiles and figuring out who is the right person to talk to. After they find the right one, they find out that Mr. or Ms. Right is a cyber player also talking to hundreds of others. Also, profile pictures can be misleading. Some of them are from 20 years ago or photoshopped.
Dating cycles online are also shorter since people have so many potential dates available. Nobody sticks around in an unhappy relationship when it is so easy and convenient finding someone new. Also, about 86% of online profiles have false information so trust is a big issue. Once you lose trust in a relationship, it is very hard to get it back.
Online dating is not for everyone. Some people find happiness and satisfaction while many others end up in a divorce court. If you met your spouse online and you feel your marriage is headed for divorce, contact us today and we will handle the rest. It is easy to find romance but when it comes to the type of commitment marriage requires, not everyone is willing to pay the price.