A third of today’s couples met online, according to our recent survey of 2,000 brides and grooms-to-be. It seems the days of eyes meeting across a crowded bar may be over as today’s web savvy singles find love online and connect through social media, dating websites and phone apps.
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The Confetti Wedding Report 2015 found that of the 33% of couples who met online, 23% said they met through online dating sites while interestingly, a greater 27% got together through social media.
Why Couples Connect Online
There are several benefits to meeting your partner online, whether via social media, dating sites or apps. The online dating industry has become the fastest and easiest way to find like-minded people. With a range of photos, a full biog and list of likes and dislikes it’s more immediate than getting to know someone at your local pub or evening class. The various social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, just like the dating sites and apps, also offer an opportunity to communicate with potential suitors.
Last year online dating site eHarmony predicted more than half of all couples within the next 20 years will meet online. Whereas 27% now meet their partner at work and 30% meet in a pub or club, an interesting twist to our survey findings showed that many first met their partner at school and later reconnected through social media. The evidence was born out by several of the respondents to our survey who told us they had first met at school and then reconnected years later through Facebook.
Case Study: Kara and Rob’s Story
Kara, a 44 year old mother of two reconnected with the love of her life 18 years after they parted. She found him through his brother on Facebook, and explained, “We had always had an on-off relationship from the age of 13 when we began as best friends at school. As we grew up we dated and would get back together every year or so throughout our troubled teens. We both then married other people, had children and separated. We had tried to find each other through Friends Reunited and then finally made contact again through Facebook. We never fell out of love and as soon as we reconnected online it was just like fireworks went off for us both! That was 6 years ago and we are now planning our future together.”
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Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.