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About 45% of couples met on dating sites; the rest met on online social networks, chat rooms, instant messaging or other online forums.
Company officials say e Harmony paid Harris Interactive $130,000 to field the research.
Cacioppo has been a member of e Harmony's Scientific Advisory Board since it was created in 2007.
In addition, former e Harmony researcher Gian Gonzaga is one of the five co-authors."It's a very impressive study," says social psychologist Eli Finkel of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
"But it was paid for by somebody with a horse in the race and conducted by an organization that might have an incentive to tell this story."Does this study suggest that meeting online is a compelling way to meet a partner who is a good marriage prospect for you? But it's "premature to conclude that online dating is better than offline dating."The findings about greater happiness in online couples "are tiny effects," says Finkel,whose research published last year found "no compelling evidence" to support dating website claims that their algorithms work better than other ways of pairing romantic partners.