According to Forbes, 3.8 million Americans are in commuter marriages and the number is growing. Since 2000, 30% more Americans had long distance relationships where their work kept them apart for days at a time. Forbes says that technology has fueled the pattern:
But while innovations like e-mail, video chatting, instant messaging, Twitter and Second Life have increased the volume of Internet chatter, they haven't necessarily made long-distance relationships any more successful, Guldner says. Communication's quality, he says, has always meant more than its frequency.