In modern time, there have always been long distance romances, and the trend seems to be growing with new technological advances. There are hundreds of webpages dedicated to finding someone their perfect mate, as well as technological advances that make it easier to connect with those you is having a long distance relationship with. However, some of the best long distance love stories in the future will take place using social media.
According to a New York Times article, 1/3 of recently married Americans have met online. This study also concluded that there is a lower divorce rate among those who met their spouse online, versus those who met in church, at work, or on a blind date.
Photo-sharing app Instagram had its first reported engagement of users in 2013. Engaged couple Denis Lafargue of Mandeville, La. and Elizabeth Wisdom of Mineola, Texas met through the app in 2012 when Wisdom posted a photo of Crater Lake in Oregon that caught Lafargue’s eye. The pair corresponded for several months on Instagram before making plans to meet up. Nine months later, the couple made their relationship official with a photo on Instagram.
There are also older ways of meeting people that have been transformed by the internet. Finding a wife overseas has been simplified by the internet. Instead of traveling overseas to view women, men can just log onto a webpage and see them, as well as correspond via email.
Skype is also another method commonly used by those in long distance relationships. The New York Times published a story about high school sweetheart s who kept their relationship fresh via Skype. When Chantelle left for college in Boston, her boyfriend Colin was headed for Colorado. As of the story, they were still dating via Skype.
Twitter is also part of the long distance relationship realm, and recently had a celebrity engagement take place via a tweet. Celebrity DJ Deadmau5 proposed to tattoo artist Kat Von D via a tweet back in December 2012, by posting a picture of the engagement ring. Kat Von D accepted via tweet, as well. Oddly enough, the pair had also broken up on Twitter just a few months before their engagement.
While there are no famous engagement stories involving Facebook as of yet, it is still a very common place for people to connect with potential mates, as well as keeping up long distance relationships. While Facebook isn’t as private as email or Skype, one can share their relationship with others.
In our technology driven society, there are many ways to keep a long distance relationship fresh. Though it takes effort on behalf of each partner, the communication that can be sought from online chats, both text and video, are much better than our parents era, which had to rely on letter writing to hold onto the attention of a long distance partner. In the coming months and years there are sure to me more long distance love stories.
Blair Thomas is a successful entrepreneur who co-founded eMerchantBroker.com, the top travel agency merchant account firm voted by top credit card processors. He has managed several successful agent offices and registered ISO’s. When he isn’t working hard in the payment’s industry you can find him hiking the hills of Los Angeles.