Online dating now most popular way to meet potential partners as e-baby boom looms – 7NEWS.com.au

Online dating now most popular way to meet potential partners as e-baby boom looms – 7NEWS.com.au

Would you start a family with someone you met online?

Within two decades that will be the norm.

New modelling conducted by Monash University and dating website eharmony predicts that by 2038, more than half of newborns will be ‘e-babies’ – infants born to couples who met online.

And by 2040, more couples will be meeting online than in the real world.

The Future of Dating report, based on a survey of more than 2000 Australians, found online dating was already the most popular way for people to meet.

Almost 30 per cent of respondents said online dating was their preferred method of meeting partners, well ahead of meeting through a mutual friend or meeting at work, at 17 per cent and 16 per cent respectively.

Pubs and clubs also had a severe demotion.

By 2040, more couples will be meeting online than in the real world, according to new research.
By 2040, more couples will be meeting online than in the real world, according to new research. Credit: SOPA Images/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty

Research suggests that one in five couples met in the pub back in the early 1980s, the Monash team said, but that had now
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