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Long silences after arguments can’t be broken by reaching across the table and holding the person’s hand.

They didn’t feel guilty when they missed a text or let down when a Snapchat went unopened.

(We were watching episodes of Sports Night simultaneously long before the New York Times dubbed the practice sync-watching.) It’s unimaginable to me that my dad had to sit by a landline waiting for my mother to call him at a specified time when they were dating long distance.

But my generation’s hyper-connectivity is a double-edged sword.

In an increasingly global job market, more relationships have to go the distance, but, friends assured me, it was easier than ever thanks to technology.

Before he moved, we had joked that those i Phone commercials showing couples sharing intimate moments as they Face Time from opposite ends of the world would be our lives.

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