Couples and dating
Some couples maintain a weekly online date night, using Google Hangouts’ screen-sharing capabilities to watch a movie together.
“Life can get hectic and crazy, but if you schedule (time to talk), it shows your significant other that you’re trying,” Fekete said.
(There are lots of interesting statistics about LDRs, though.) One common thread for long-distance partners is the use of technology and social media platforms as a positive force for staying connected.
Apps like Couple provide an intimate social media experience for two and can help long-distance couples create a digital space just for themselves (you can “kiss” using your thumbs via your smartphone screens).
But this struggle didn’t keep him from being supportive of his partner.
As of July, Dzurick is in the process of moving to join Kelly in Philadelphia.
When Kelly left Illinois to start a job in Philadelphia two years later, Dzurick worried more about being socially isolated than any difficulties they might have doing long distance for a second time.
Dzurick felt he didn’t have the same built-in community in Illinois as he did in his college town, which is only a 30-minute drive from his hometown.
“He always listens to my crazy dreams—and I think that’s what he likes about me,” Sosby said.“Our compromise was long distance—that’s the way we could do it,” Fekete said.“We both think we have great opportunities and we want to prioritize that our relationship.” Alex Dzurick will soon follow his boyfriend of five-and-a-half years, Jamey Kelly, to a new location for the second time.Sometimes, though, couples don’t have the advantage of immediate technological connection.
Amber Colvis discovered she could fit seven to eight sheets of paper in an envelope with one stamp when her husband, Calvin, was away at basic training in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
According to a survey conducted by Pricewaterhouse Coopers of 44,000 of its employees, not only are millennials more tech-savvy and global-minded than previous generations, but “a balance between their personal and work lives is more important to them.” Young adults today are ready and willing to make their careers and romantic partnerships work together, even if it means having to strike a compromise.