Does Social Media Make Long Distance Relationships More Feasible?
It stands to reason that social media, instant messaging, and emails would all make it easier to communication with a long distance romantic partner.
Most people in the Western world use all these forms of digital communication in their daily life, so talking to a girlfriend or boyfriend via social media or email is perfectly normal.
Surprisingly, Digital Makes Little Difference
But according to a new research paper, completed by researchers at The University of Haifi (Israel) and the University of Western Ontario (Canada), the ever-increasing use of digital communication mediums has had little impact on distance relationships or the need for personal contact.
We found that geographic distance continues to matter in interpersonal contact in spite of heavy reliance on digital tools for connectivity – Gustavo S. Mesch, Department of Sociology, University of Haifa
While this new research study may not reveal anything groundbreaking, it is just one more indication that technology cannot act as a substitute for in-person communication, and that long distance relationships are still inferior to those where regular physical closeness is possible.