2 of 3 same-sex couples meet online, study finds

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The latest research published on January 28 found that 65 percent of same-sex couples that got together in 2017 got connected via the Internet. As for opposite-sex couples, the proportion is two to five. The study—called “disintermediating your friends,” which is still in the draft stages—was carried out by Michael Rosenfeld and Sonia Hausen of Stanford University, and Reuben J. Thomas of the University of New Mexico. It proved that same-sex couples started to explore online dating as an option in 2000s and it got more and more common from year to year. Researchers of the January 2019 study concluded that the pattern for same-sex couples meeting “has not changed as much” in recent years as LGBT+ individuals were “early adopters of internet services for meeting partners” and dating apps like Grindr played one of the main roles in speading the online dating among queer individuals. “About 65 percent of same‐sex couples who met in 2017 met online, compared to about 39 percent for heterosexual couples,” the 2019 publication reads,“The 65 percent of recently formed same‐sex couples who met online is very similar to what Rosenfeld and Thomas …reported for same‐sex couples in 2009 using the 2009 data alone.”

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