Do long-distance relationships work better now because of new technologies?

We read about the long-distance love of Neil Rice and Andrea Truncali - a young doctor and a naval lieutenant. They met at a party, the night before Neil headed out for a six-month tour of duty in Iraq. But even though Neil and Andrea were physically separated by an entire hemisphere, they still connected while he was away. They spent date nights watching movies "together" on synched-up DVDs. They had Skype video-chats and wrote emotional e-mails. And they did that for six months before they even had a second date! They later reunited, married and had a child.

If you’re in a long distance relationship, the authors of "The Long-Distance Relationship Survival Guide," recommend the same kind of "virtual Saturday nights" that Neil and Andrea had. They also recommend adding simultaneous take-out meals from the same restaurant chain.

Or playing Web-based video games together with your partner. And the website LongDistanceRelationships.net suggests creating a sense "of being in the real world together" by chatting on a phone headset while doing laundry or cleaning. 

So what do you think? Does long-distance love stand a better chance of surviving in an age of high-tech gear? Let us know what you think at Facebook.com/JohnTesh.