Cacioppo has been a member of e Harmony's Scientific Advisory Board since it was created in 2007.
In addition, former e Harmony researcher Gian Gonzaga is one of the five co-authors."It's a very impressive study," says social psychologist Eli Finkel of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
About 45% of couples met on dating sites; the rest met on online social networks, chat rooms, instant messaging or other online forums.
Lead author John Cacioppo, a psychologist and director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago, says dating sites may "attract people who are serious about getting married."While Cacioppo is a noted researcher and the study is in a prestigious scientific journal, it is not without controversy.
Like most 20-somethings living in New York City, I relate myself to the dating misgivings that Carrie Bradshaw frequently experiences on the show.
Additionally, 42% of Americans know someone who has used an online dating site or app, an increase of 11% from 2005, and 29% of Americans know someone who has met their partner through this medium, compared with 15% who made this claim in 2005.
This data represents a significant shift in the perception of online dating, suggesting that the stigma associated with the practice is dropping: While some of us may Friend more discriminately than others, we live in a time where it's common to build online networks that include secondary and tertiary connections.
The growing popularity of online dating The dating scene has been changing over the last decade.
According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, approximately 6% of Internet users who are in a marriage or other committed relationship met online, compared to 3% who reported this in 2005.