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By Greg Goodsell

2/24/2010 (4 years ago)

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Internet proves popular in meeting people

A recent study of couples in a romantic relationship shows that more and more people are meeting their life partner online. According to a survey of 3,009 adults with a romantic partner, the Internet is now the second most important way people meet.

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By Greg Goodsell

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/24/2010 (4 years ago)

Published in Marriage & Family


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - It was learned that couples with more recent partners, those who met two years before the survey, 23% of heterosexual couples and 61% of gay and lesbian couples met online. Of those surveyed, 474 were gay or lesbian. In fact, only one other factor proved to more popular in meeting people -- at least 32% of respondents said that friends brought them together. "It's the one category that works for every kind of couple — gays and straights, young and old. Everybody relies on their friends,"  says Michael Rosenfeld, an associate professor of sociology at Stanford University in Stanford, California. He will discuss his preliminary findings at a meeting of the Population Association of America in April. USA TODAY asked readers for their own "how we met" stories, and more than 300 responded. Coupled with Rosenfeld's research, the study is an especially revealing look at how romances form in contemporary society. Rosenfeld says he was surprised that people over 30 were the ones who met partners online — rather than the twenty-somethings he expected.

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