Can Tinder Lead to Marriage?

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If you're looking for love, don't blow off hookup apps like Tinder just yet. Some casual flings can lead to holy matrimony, or so says a new report from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

After nationally recruiting nearly 1,300 men and women between 18 to 40 who were single but in a relationship in 2007 and 2008, researchers followed them for the next five years. During that half decade, 418 married their partner. Of those, about a third admitted to beginning their relationship with their spouse as a hookup, which was defined as anything from kissing to coitus.

But a steamy night with a sexy stranger serendipitously setting you on a path down the aisle comes with a caveat: Of the married couples who used booty-call bricks to build the foundation of their union, only 40 percent claimed to have a high-quality marriage. That means that more than half believed they were missing out on wedded bliss, which was defined by being able to confide in one another, believing things are going well in the relationship, and thoughts (or lack there of) of divorce.

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It is worth noting, however, that married couples who did not start off with a casual physical encounter weren't much better off—only 42 percent reported a high-quality marriage. What that tells us is that it doesn't matter how you connect with your future hubby. Whether you met at a coffee shop or the club or through a hookup app, if you hit it off—physically or emotionally or both—then anything can happen.

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