Dr Gavin, with Dr Adrian Scott of the University of Bath and Dr Jill Duffield of the University of the West of England, carried out an online survey of 229 people, aged 18 to 65, who have used UK internet dating sites, asking them about their main relationship that they had had online.
Dr Gavin's paper will be read at an international psychology conference next month.
Old-fashioned romance isn't dead, however: among the survey's findings were that exchanging gifts was the best way to ensure commitment in the relationship.
Dr Gavin's research comes at a time when the numbers using internet dating agencies have steadily increased: around six million Britons are now believed to have signed up.
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Please note that a complaint submitted through the online platform will not be considered unless you have raised it with us first.*Data based on an extrapolation from Research Now survey conducted in April 2018, among a representative sample of 10671 persons aged 18 in the UK, which has been combined with the total population of this age group (Source Eurostat 2018).3% of interviewees have ever been in a relationship with someone they claim having met on Match.
Of the relationships, 39 per cent were still going on at the time of the survey, and of these 24 per cent had been going for at least a year, and eight per cent for at least two years.
Of the relationships that had already ended at the time of the survey, 14 per cent had lasted over a year, and four per cent had lasted over two years.The research showed that: # 94 per cent of those surveyed saw their 'e-partner' again after first meeting them, and the relationships lasted for an average of at least seven months, with 18 per cent of them lasting over a year.# men online were significantly more likely to be committed to the relationship than women and were more dependent on their 'e-partner'.Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries.We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market."This study shows that online dating can work for many people, leading to a successful meeting for almost everyone we surveyed," said Dr Gavin.