When something good or bad happens at work, I can notify him immediately by texting him.I see a food truck we love by my apartment, I Snapchat it to him.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.
But my generation’s hyper-connectivity is a double-edged sword.
Sometimes my boyfriend and I don’t know what to say to each other on the phone at the end of the night.
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.
Before he moved, we had joked that those i Phone commercials showing couples sharing intimate moments as they Face Time from opposite ends of the world would be our lives.
But after many months of anxiously glancing at my phone during work or dinners with friends to see if boyfriend was texting me, I realized that the devices and apps that were supposed to bring us closer together were actually driving us 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.
They didn’t feel guilty when they missed a text or let down when a Snapchat went unopened.