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Study: Fewer Relationships Start in the Workplace

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Feb 19, 2019

A recent study has found that just about 10 percent of relationships begin at the workplace, the latest in a declining trend that has been exacerbated by the proliferation of smartphones and the consequent rise of internet dating, according to Quartz. The study found that workplace dating arose in the late 1950s, as more women began careers, then increased steadily to about 20 percent in the mid-'90s, which is around the time when the first online dating sites emerged. Now, as of 2019, the study said that 40 percent of all couples have met over the internet, though the study's authors were hesitant to mark a causative relationship between the two. Another possibility raised was changing attitudes at companies regarding workplace dating, especially now with heightened awareness of sexual harassment and the potential consequences thereof.