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The sample included 19,131 participants who had been married once between 20, and were asked where they met – was it online dating sites; email or instant messaging; online communities such as chat rooms or virtual reality games; or social networking sites.

Those who met on social networking sites were more likely to be younger, married more recently, and African American compared to those who met on other ways on the internet.

Online dating site operator Match (MTCH) went public Thursday, drawing attention to the wide variety of services that adults use to find love online.

Match, a unit of IAC/Inter Active Corp (IACI), is the leading company in the space.

“I think that social networking is the digital version of being introduced by friends.” For most of the 20 century, friend-based introductions were the primary way people met their spouse, he says, and social networks may simply be an extension of that pattern.

That could also explain why marriages that began on social networking sites were also no more likely to end in divorce than unions that were generated by online dating sites that involve algorithms and strangers trying to match people together, rather than acquaintances who know their friends’ likes and dislikes and personality best.

MORE: Inside Tinder: Meet the Guys Who Turned Dating Into an Addiction“It was really, really astonishing, since [romantic relationships] aren’t the purpose of these sites,” he says of the data, which came from e Harmony, the online dating service.

Hall decided to investigate the connection, and learn more about who was meeting their significant other this way, and how well these marriages fared.

"The parent company of the dating app Tinder launched their IPO stock offering today.

Though if you really want to make money off of Tinder, invest in penicillin," he said.

Very rarely was anything of substance shared there and more or less, everyone had the same opportunity to meet and connect with others.