An estimated 75 percent of college students have engaged in a long distance love at one point or another, and about three million American adults in relationships live apart.
Of course there are ways technology has made long distance relationships much more manageable.
I can call my boyfriend every day without having to worry about massive phone bills.
If I want know what the road trip he went on yesterday was like, I can stalk his Instagram.
Soon, when he finally gets Spotify, he’ll be able to share playlists with me, and I’ll be able to spam him with Beyoncé songs.
If I want to see his face, we can use Skype or Google Hangout or Face Time.
If I want to know what articles he is reading, I can look at his Twitter.
The international job market will test more and more relationships in the years to come, so the information from the Cornell study is heartening.
But the positive aspects of long-distance all seem to be based on how little couples see one another.
He already knows the stories I’ve written that day because I’ve tweeted them.
I know what new quote they posted on his quote board at work because it popped up on Facebook.
But my generation’s hyper-connectivity is a double-edged sword.