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.He was doing a medical residency in Southern California when he met his future wife on a trip to Phoenix.The couple survived four years in a two-state relationship before marrying."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.
In a landscape of dual careers, Internet romances, and globalization, the long-distance marriage is growing in numbers. S., long-distance marriages increased by 23% between 20, according to census figures analyzed by the Center for the Study of Long Distance Relationships.Still, "Commuter marriages are becoming a little more commonplace because people are willing to try them," Guldner says. People think that what's out there now -- email and Internet and so forth -- makes it easier." Is the office romance still taboo?Look no further than Bill Gates and Melinda French for the answer, says Patricia Mathews, MBA, president of Workplace Solutions.And some companies unwittingly nudge the trend along by providing exercise and game rooms on site, as well as other social hot spots.According to the SHRM, people under 40 are the most likely to date a co-worker openly. If both partners don't conduct the relationship in a professional manner, experts warn, it can harm morale, lead to charges of favoritism, and damage careers.