Technology, Social Media, and Their Affect on Long-Distance Relationships
Social media often gets blamed for bad things that happen in relationships. We now have the opportunity to find old girlfriends and boyfriends on Facebook, make new relationships on Tagged.com, and see things even have random encounters on, well, sites that we wouldn’t link to from Soshable. There’s another side to the story – social media and advancing technologies can be used to keep relationships going, particularly long-distance ones.
Mobile technology is obviously one way this is possible. We are connected almost everywhere we go if we have a smartphone, tablet, or even “old school” cell phones. Even when we’re on the road or in a plane, internet connections are often available and cell coverage is spreading the farthest corners of the earth.
There’s a scene in Transformers 2 where the two protagonists are separated by distance but attempt to maintain their relationship by having a “date night” on video. The movie may not have been worth watching, but this scene is one that is becoming a much more common occurrence in the real world. Video chatting and multimedia communications are making it to where couples don’t have be together to have face-to-face interactions.
The infographic below by our friends at Rounds shows the evolution of the long-distance relationship and points to our current situation as one where having face time (even on Apple Facetime) is easier today than ever before. Click to enlarge.