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New Research Finds eHarmony Couples Are Significantly Happier in Their Marriages than Non-eHarmony Couples



PASADENA, Calif., February 2, 2006—eHarmony, the Internet's #1 relationship service, today released results from The 2005 eHarmony Study of Marriage in America, which show that singles who were matched by eHarmony and later married are significantly happier than couples who met by any other means.

In order to provide an overview of marital quality among both eHarmony couples and non-e Harmony couples in the U.S., eHarmony and Global Market Insite surveyed 2,106 couples. The results show that eHarmony couples scored significantly higher in regard to all four components of relationship quality measured by the Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS): consensus, satisfaction, affectional expression and cohesion. This new research reinforces the findings of a similar study conducted in 2003 and underscores the vital role broad- based compatibility plays in determining the long-term success of relationships.

"What makes eHarmony marriages so special are their quality, strength and stability," said Dr. Neil Clark Warren, chairman and co-founder of eHarmony. "What this research proves is that people are finding the loves of their lives at eHarmony; these happily married couples are becoming parts of communities everywhere and their children are being born and raised by loving and satisfied parents. All of us at eHarmony feel so fortunate to have such a unique opportunity to make the world a healthier and happier place."

Principal findings from The 2005 eHarmony Study of Marriage in America include the following:

  • eHarmony couples have significantly happier and more successful marriages than couples who met in any other ways. eHarmony married couples scored significantly higher than other marrieds on the Dyadic Adjustment Scale (average score = 127 versus 113).
  • eHarmony couples rate their marriages significantly better than non- eHarmony couples. eHarmony marrieds are notably more likely than other marrieds to indicate that they consider their marriage to be "Extremely Happy" to "Perfect" (77% versus 55%).
  • eHarmony couples enjoy spending more time together. eHarmony marrieds are 13% more likely than other marrieds to report that they enjoy spending time together and sharing their interests (80% versus 67%).
  • eHarmony couples get along better. eHarmony marrieds are 30% more likely than other marrieds to say that they "rarely" or "never" quarrel (73% versus 43%).
  • When it comes to family finances, religious issues, friends, philosophy of life and sexual relations, eHarmony marrieds are 16% more likely than other marrieds on average to indicate that they "Always" or "Almost Always Agree" (84% versus 68%).
  • When it comes to dealing with each other's parents, eHarmony marrieds are 20% more likely to "Always" or "Almost Always Agree" (80% versus 60%).

The 2005 eHarmony Study of Marriage in America surveyed 2,106 couples (1,112 eHarmony couples participated in the current survey while 994 comparison married couples were recruited by Global Market Insite). Couples surveyed completed a 420 item online questionnaire that included the Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS) developed by Dr. Graham Spanier in 1976. The DAS is a 32-item instrument which measures marital relationship quality and has been used in over 2,000 published studies. The DAS is comprised of four subscales: Dyadic Consensus, Dyadic Satisfaction, Affectional Expression and Dyadic Cohesion. Combined scores across scales indicates overall marital adjustment. The overall margin of error for the study is +/-2.0%.

About eHarmony, Inc. Santa Monica, Calif.-based eHarmony, Inc. eHarmony, Inc. (www.eharmony.com) was founded in 2000 and is a pioneer in using relationship science to match singles seeking long-term relationships. Its service presents users with compatible matches based on key dimensions of personality that are scientifically proven to predict highly successful long-term relationships. New peer-reviewed research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) ranks eHarmony as number one for producing the most marriages and the most satisfied marriages. Of all meeting places measured, eHarmony also had the lowest divorce rate.b On average, 438 people marry every day in the U.S. as a result of being matched on eHarmony, nearly 4% of new marriages.b Currently, eHarmony operates online matchmaking services in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and Brazil.
bBased on data on 19,131 marriages from 2005 to 2012 by Harris Interactive, couples that met on eHarmony had significantly fewer breakups than couples who met via all other methods combined. Combining methods that account for less than 1% of marriages sampled."

* 2012 survey conducted for eHarmony by Harris Interactive.®

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