An article from over a year and a half ago in the Wall Street Journal,, examines many of the pitfalls that matchmaking via the internet entails. It turns out that not only isn't "happily ever after" the rule in more traditional dating frameworks, but people who met online, who were convinced that they'd found their soulmates via the computer, are getting divorced as well. In that article we read:
New York divorce lawyer Raoul Felder says he is also seeing more Internet daters splitting up in his practice: "It's usually a relationship based on fantasy or desperation, which doesn't bode well."
Then again, though I don't have statistics on this, it's a fair guess that a very substantial percentage of non-internet established relationships are based on either fantasy or desperation. If couples who'd met via the internet weren't getting divorced - that would be surprising.

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