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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Aug 09, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A Purdue University researcher says among college students, there is a lot of truth in the expression that "absence makes the heart grow fonder."

"Studies have found long-distance relationships tend to be more stable than geographically close ones," said Mary Carole Pistole, an associate professor of educational studies.

"Long-distance partners have more open communication, talk more about the relationship, have fewer trivial arguments, segment work and relationship time, and have high-quality time together, which might create a closeness not seen in those who see each other every day" she said.

Pistole said couples who live far apart tend to make more use of e-mail, the telephone and simple notes to keep in touch, while partners who live close together tend not to do this as much because they see each other so often, and have a tendency to take each other for granted.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International.

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