London - For decades, many workers have found their perfect match after locking eyes over the water cooler.
But it seems office romances are dying out – with just one in ten couples getting together in the workplace, research shows.
Academics have blamed the rise of internet dating and concerns that advances could be misinterpreted as sexual harassment in the wake of the #MeToo scandal.
The Stanford University study, based on surveys of straight Americans, found that the phenomenon of colleagues finding love was at its height during the 1980s and 1990s.
In 1995, nearly a fifth – 19 percent – said they had met "through or as co-workers", but the figure dropped to 11 percent by 2017.