It is now estimated that one in five relationships begin online, and one in three marriages found their start online. Various studies have come out touting the benefits of online dating. For example, a New-York based global brokerage company presented research that found that online dating actually saves you money. They found that online daters have an average of 18.5 months between dating and when they get married, versus an average of 42 months for people who meet offline. Not only does this save online daters time (more than two years!), but it also saves money by reducing the number of expensive dates.