From CBS News:
Live in a different city from your significant other? It may make your love grow stronger.
A new study published in the Journal of Communication on July 18 showed that people in long-distance relationships have stronger bonds and more substantial communication than couples who live near each other.
The researchers noted that 3 million married couples in the U.S. live apart. Twenty-five to 50 percent of college students are currently in long-distance relationships, and up to 75 percent of college students said they were in at least one long-term relationship at one point.
Researchers asked 63 heterosexual couples — about half of whom lived together, and half of whom were in long-distance relationships — to record their communications each day. The couples were an average age of 21, and those who were geographically apart had been together for an average of about 17 months. They were asked to write down how the communication took place (e.g. face-to-face, phone calls, video chat, texting, instant messenger and email), in addition to how much they shared about themselves, how intimate they felt, and the extent to which they thought their partner did the same.
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