Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science.
For instance, people who meet online may be different from people who meet offline in some way not measured, such as motivation to find a spouse or impulse control.
Or perhaps the large pool of potential mates online allows people to be more selective in finding a compatible spouse, Cacioppo said.
Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
She has ducked under a glacier in Switzerland and poked hot lava with a stick in Hawaii.
Another 21 percent met on social networks, while the rest got to know each other from a mixture of blogs, gaming sites, chat rooms, discussion groups and other online communities.
Of the people who met offline, work was the most popular place to find a spouse, with 21 percent of couples reporting office romance.Couples who meet online and get married are slightly less likely to divorce than couples who first meet face-to-face, new research finds.The study, a generally representative look at American couples married between 20, found that virtual meetings are becoming more of a norm: More than a third of married couples in that time met on the Internet.Stephanie hails from East Tennessee, the global center for salamander diversity. “Even though a large percentage of marriages in recent years have resulted from couples meeting online, looking for partners online may potentially suppress the desire for getting married,” said report author Dr Aditi Paul.Meeting through friends was second, at 19 percent, and school came in third, at 11 percent.