Researchers predict that children born to parents who met online will be in the majority within the next 18 years. Finally, the internet is being used for what it was intended: procreation.
More and more people are meeting online rather than the traditional methods of pissed at a pub, pissed at a nightclub or pissed at a taxi rank, with research showing that 29.4 per cent of Australians say online dating is their go-to when looking for a relationship.
Relationship expert at eHarmony, Sharon Draper, said: “There are countless people who look to technology to find lifelong partners and start families."
It makes a lot of sense because, as well as learning a potential partner's favourite food or holiday destination, you can find out the really important things, like how strong their wifi is.
A report from Monash University and eHarmony looked at nationally representative research data to determine that, by 2040, more couples will meet online rather than offline.
The report also found couples who met online between 2014 and 2020 had 2.3 per cent more babies on average in comparison to couples who met face-to-face. It shows that online dating is not just for casual hook ups, it’s also for serious hook ups.
Romance, marriage, babies are all lovely things, so it doesn’t really matter if they happen more traditionally or via the internet. However, this trend is really taking the mystery out of the question ‘how did your parents meet?’.