A new study, published in the Journal of Communication, confirms an age-old adage: long-distance couples experience more intimacy with their significant others than those who are together daily.
The study, co-authored by psychologists Crystal Jiang of the City University of Hong Kong and Cornell University's Jeffrey Hancock, says that a major difference is that long-distance lovers are more likely to discuss deeper issues, including love, trust and future plans.
Study results showed that about 25 to 50 percent of college students in the United States are currently in long-distance relationships, and around 75 percent have been in one at some point in their undergraduate career.
Researchers believe the high numbers can be explained by the long list of available social media to use for long-distance relationships.
"As a researcher, I'm not surprised with the results because it can be explained by the adaptive nature of human communication," wrote Jiang. "But for the general public, I bet they are surprised. One of the reasons is that they strongly believe long-distance relationships are challenging."