According to the center's web site, "The rise of Internet dating services predictably contributes to 'coast-to-coast couples' -- those who live on opposite ends of the nation and met on the web, but have a real, not just a virtual, relationship.Society has finally started accepting long-distance relationships as a viable alternative." Long-distance marriages do have drawbacks, though."You may have to face a breakup and continue to work with him or her," says Lisa Mainiero, professor of management at Fairfield University.Still, the office can be a good place to meet a like-minded mate, she says.Warranted or not, couples do tend to worry more about infidelity.Furthermore, if children are involved, one partner shoulders almost the entire burden of raising them.The founder of Microsoft met his wife, a Microsoft employee, at a company event in New York."That's an example, perhaps, of a workplace romance that worked out very well," Mathews says.
Or an Indian engineer in Baltimore may log on to an Indian matrimonial site and find the woman of his dreams -- a dental student in Bangalore.
Your grandfather married the girl next door, and your mother tied the knot with her college sweetheart. But in the last half century, we've seen lots of changes: interracial and interfaith couples, gay and lesbian couples, and the older woman with the younger man -- a union that mirrors the older man-younger woman pairing.
But you may very well find your mate through the Internet or in a neighboring cubicle. Now, according to experts who spoke to Web MD, a 21st century union may involve a couple that falls in love at work, now that the office romance is losing its stigma.
Such pairs include the two married academics who love their jobs and have lived apart for more than a decade; the spouse who accepted a foreign job assignment but didn't want to uproot the family; the high-powered, dual-career couple constantly on the move to advance in their jobs.
Greg Guldner, MD, the center's director, knows about long-distance relationships firsthand.
He was doing a medical residency in Southern California when he met his future wife on a trip to Phoenix.