Couples "How We Met" Stories Are Getting Shorter

February 20, 2019

Couples today have much shorter stories about how they met, according to a review of data from a long-running study by the University of Michigan. In 2009, the average person used 67 words to describe how they met their last partner. In 2017, they just needed 37. Researchers say the reason for the change is most likely due to the rise of online dating. In 2009, only 22 percent of heterosexual couples in the U.S. claimed to have met online. In 2017, that number rose to 39 percent. Hey, it's tough to tell a long-winded story about swiping right.