Pew Internet (2004) asserts that 79% of adult respondents from the United States reported using the Internet for communication with family and friends.
Also, Pew Internet (2002a) states that because of new technologies, college students will have greater social ties with their friends than their family members.
In particular there have been a host of devices which have attempted to mimic co-located behaviours at a distance including hand-holding, The success of these technologies has, so far, been limited.
Also 70% of couples in a long-distance relationship break up due to unplanned circumstances and events.
About 75% of couples in long-distance relationships end up being engaged at some point in the relationship.
The ways in which individuals behave have a major effect on the satisfaction and the durability of the relationship.
Researchers have found systems of maintenance behaviors between intimate partners.
Around 10% of couples still maintain a long-distance relationship after marriage.
About 3.75 million married couples are in a long-distance relationship in the US alone.Before the popularity of internet dating, long-distance relationships were not as common, as the primary forms of communication between the romance lovers usually involved either telephone conversations or corresponding via mail.According to Pew Internet, American citizens were asked how often they used the Internet on a typical day, they reported 56% sending or reading email, 10% reported sending instant messages, and 9% reported using an online social network such as Facebook or Twitter.Having positivity (making interactions cheerful and pleasant), openness (directly discussing the relationship and one's feelings), assurances (reassuring the partner about the relationship and the future), network (relying on support and love of others), shared tasks (performing common tasks) and conflict management (giving the partner advice) are some of the routine and strategic relation maintenance behaviors Intimate relationship partners constantly work to improve their relationship.There are many ways in which they can make their partner happy and strengthen the overall relationship.Maintenance behaviors can be separated into seven categories: assurances in relation to love and commitment in the relationship, openness in sharing their feelings, conflict management, positive interactions, sharing tasks, giving advice to their partner, and using social networks for support (Dainton, 2000; Stafford, Dainton, & Haas, 2000).