Dating marital success

05 Feb

Couples who meet online and get married are slightly less likely to divorce than couples who first meet face-to-face, new research finds.

Temple’s life was exceptional in many ways—and enjoying a long and happy marriage after a brief courtship is one of them.

To improve your odds of a high-quality marriage, try not to have too many sexual partners before you meet “the one.” And when you do find him or her, consider inviting at least 150 people to your wedding.

That’s just some of the practical advice offered by a pair of psychology researchers from the University of Denver who have studied 418 people who participated in the Relationship Development Study.

“In this particular sample, longer periods of dating seemed to be associated with subsequent marital happiness,” the paper’s authors conclude.

They hypothesize: “In mate selection, with longer periods of acquaintance, individuals are able to screen out incompatible partners”, though this study obviously has its limitations—we can’t go drawing universal principles from a group of middle-aged heterosexual Kansas wives in the 1980s.