Essay on Does Long Distance Affect The Heart Grow Fonder?

1503 Words Nov 12th, 2014 null Page
Many studies have been conducted to test the hypothesis that absence makes the heart grow fonder. This proverb can be applied to a variety of relationships, such as between coworkers, classmates, teachers and their students, parents and their children, immediate family members, and other interpersonal relationships. Absence makes the heart grow fonder suggests that when you are distant from someone or something that you have a relationship with, you begin to strengthen your emotions toward it; longing for its presence. In an attempt to test this hypothesis, many studies specifically investigate the effects of long distance in romantic relationships; whether it causes satisfaction or dissatisfaction between the partners involved. As a result, there were some studies that rejected the hypothesis and some supported the contradicting proverb, “out of sight, out of mind”. There are many variables to consider when conducting a study to support the hypothesis that absence makes the heart grow fonder such as the nature of the relationship, age, parental status, gender role expectations, frequency of face-to-face interaction, length of time spent away and together, the emotional terms before separating, and countless others. Overall, the satisfaction of the partners involved in the relationship may be the leading predictor of the results. In Roehling & Bultman (2002), one specific variable tested in the satisfaction level of long distance marital relationships was parental status.…

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