How Couples Meet and Stay Together 2017 (HCMST2017) is a survey carried out by Stanford University, featuring a fresh set of 3,510 survey respondents. The dataset charts a significant shift in the way couples meet each other over time.
Couples used to meet in real life, through family, church, school, etc., but but now more and more people are “matching” online. As we'll see below, the number of couples meeting online has increased exponentially since the late 1990s. Nowadays, you’re much more likely to meet your next partner online rather than through any other social channel. Meeting through friends or at bars & restaurants remains popular.
Respondents were asked about their political leanings & given the following seven options:
Let's see if the daing habits differ between right and left.
Survey respondents were also asked about how frequently they have sex.
Respondents were asked about their sexual orientation & given the following six options:
The authors do note that self-identified Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual respondents were oversampled.
Data Source: Rosenfeld, Michael J., Reuben J. Thomas, and Sonia Hausen. 2019 How Couples Meet and Stay Together 2017 fresh sample. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Libraries.
You can find the dataset and data dictionary here.