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Source: Stanford, Department of Sociology
Published: July 2019
n = 5,421 heterosexual couples

The Internet Has Changed How Couples Meet

Circulated: July 17, 2019

For heterosexual couples in the U.S., meeting online has become the most popular way couples meet, eclipsing meeting through friends for the first time around 2013. The researchers find that Internet meeting is displacing the roles that family and friends once played in bringing couples together.

                                                 
How Couples Met* 1995 2017 Change
Online 2% 39% 37%
Through friends 33% 20% -13%
Through family 15% 7% -8%
Through or as coworkers 19% 11% -8%
In a bar/restaurant 19% 27% 8%
In a primary or secondary school 10% 5% -5%
In church 7% 4% -3%
Through or as neighbors 8% 3% -5%
In college 9% 4% -5%

*Can be more than 1, such as meeting at a bar in college.

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