The study found that 12% of the 4743 couples registered had met on dating websites.
The study also discovered than over 70% of those who had met their partners through internet dating sites were happy to openly admit this to friends and would recommend internet dating to the people around them.
The study (2005) found that when couples who had spent time forming friendships through emailing or chatting online met for the first time, 94% of them went on to see one another again.
Of these relationships formed, on average they lasted for approx 7 months, with 18% of them lasting for over a year.
Such figures are in line with relationships formed in more traditional ways.
The number of internet dating sites is continually growing and has become a very successful and effective business.
It is estimated that around 6 million people in Britain belong to an internet dating site.
Certainly the stigma which was attached to internet dating a few years ago seems to have passed.(University of Bath Study, 2005) Statistics show that internet dating is big business with leading sites such as Yahoo Personals and drawing in 4.9 million visitors and 4.2 million visitors respectively in January 2004 alone.(Blazier, 2004) Research: So just how successful is internet dating as a means of meeting new people?Leading internet dating company was launched in 1995 and estimates that through their site hundreds of thousands of relationships have been formed.Moreover, estimates that over 200,000 members found the person they were seeking through the site.(match.com, 2005) In 2004 a survey was set up by the with results again indicating high success rates for internet dating.