The rise of 'e-babies': babies born to online daters will soon be the majority

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If you met your partner through friends or on a night out on the town, you'll soon be in the minority.

According to new research out of the UK, by the year 2035 more people will be meeting their life partners online than offline - and by 2037 more babies will be born from relationships which began online.

Thats right - so-called 'e-babies' (babies born to online daters) - are set to be the norm.

The UK arm of online dating site eharmony partnered with the Imperial College Business School to conduct research for a 'Future of Dating' report, using eharmony data and birth rate projections from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The findings revealed that 2.5 million e-babies have been born to couples who met online since the year 2000. And that figure is expected to rise rapidly, with predictions that a massive 40 per cent of newborns will be born to parents who met in the digital world in the next decade.

Furthermore, 35 per cent of these e-couples had a baby within a year of meeting, suggesting technology increases the speed at which love blooms. The report also revealed that one in five have two children, while 16 per cent have one child.

The shift towards online dating is apparent in the stats - one in 14 couples now meet at the pub, compared to one in five in the 70s and 80s.

One in three relationships which blossomed between 2015 and 2019, started online, compared to only one in five between 2005 and 2014.

By 2035 more than half of relationships will begin online, delineating a 'tipping point' to e-couples being the majority.

The study also suggested that online dating has made it easier for introverts to find love - with 46 per cent of respondents believing it gives introverted people more confidence to break the ice online before meeting in person.