Gender differences in long distance relationships

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Gender differences in long distance dating relationships Zheng Wang 2011/12/18 abstract
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Before the popularity of internet dating, long distance relationships were not as common as today. People get involved in long distance relationships for various reasons. Modern technologies including cell phones, e-mail, and webcam have made it possible to maintain a long distance relationship. However, it seems that men and women behave differently on the strategies they use during long distance relationships. People with high certainty about the future and positive mood in daily life are more likely to succeed in long distance relationships. Long-distance relationship (LDRs), since the rapidly growing and improving of the computer mediated communication technology, have been playing a more and more significant role in people’s romantic lives. With many new channels of communication available, long-distance relationships are fairly common, constituting 25% to 50% of college student romantic relationships on residential campuses (Maguire & Kinney, 2010). In fact, The Center for the Study of Long Distance Relationships showed a statistic, an estimated 2.9% of US marriages were considered long-distance, with one in ten marriages reported to have included a period at long distance within the first three years. The conditions of long distance relationships vary from social, environmental, political and economic factors , such as attending a different school or institution, participation in the military, working or studying overseas. Although it is difficult to acquire the existing accurate statistics about long distance relationships across the world, referring to the website PerfectRelationship.com, about 1/3 of the married couples in large cities around
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the world are actually living apart due to job commitments, studies and military deployment. These relational forces external to long distance relationship could all attribute to the unavoidable trend of globalization and modern communication technologies. The medium people used most frequently to maintain long distance relationship is e-mail, whereas the phone is preferred for really intimate conversations (Utz, 2007). In addition, to look through the internal aspects, the maintaining strategies used and the sexual distinction between men and women also worth serious consideration. Indeed, previous research shows that women report and exhibit higher levels of negative psychological pressure and depression than men, and they may cope in different strategies as well (Thoits, 1991). Related questions are also raised in long distance friendships. A study incorporated an analysis of turning points indicates that females are more downturns in commitment to their friendships and their changes. The gender differences also present on men in long distance relationships. Cameron and Ross (2007) point out that men's negative affectivity was significantly associated with relational stability in long distance but not same city relationships, and men's negative affectivity in long distance
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This note was uploaded on 03/06/2012 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Hansen during the Spring '07 term at University of Wisconsin.

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