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Love in the Time of Caller ID

When we’re always in touch but never in reach, can true love blossom?

A Match Made in (Cyber) Space continued...

There are also hundreds or thousands of smaller sites offering pair-ups by religious affiliation, gender, age, cultural interests, political convictions -- whatever floats your boat. There's even one for Klingon and Vulcan impersonators, called Trek Passions.

Jeanine Persichini of Dallas met her husband, Gary, eight years ago via an online personals ad.

"I think it [technology] enhances a relationship," Persichini, a real estate assistant in Dallas, tells WebMD.

"Actually, I think you get to know someone more, because they're not hiding anything," she says. "You can shoot off a little 'I love you' text message anytime during the day when you can't interrupt your significant other at work with a call."

Persichini confesses to having been reluctant at first to reveal just how she ended up finding true love, but she has come to realize, she says, that the ends justified the means.

Hold on, I Gotta Answer This

Communications technology now makes it possible to reach someone on a beach in Costa Rica, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the International Space Station, and in bed.

Michael Chancellor, MD, director of the Center for Urologic Research Excellence in Pittsburgh, studies male and female sexual dysfunction and says he has identified a new disorder afflicting hard-charging corporate types when they're behind closed doors.

"I was in a meeting with my colleagues once and everybody's BlackBerries kept going on off, and I thought, 'Blackberries are ubiquitous and they affect business -- I'll bet they affect sex, too," he tells WebMD.

To test this hypothesis, he and colleagues conducted a small online survey of Ivy League MBAs and found that four in 10 reported that they stopped having sex to respond to a message on their BlackBerries or other digital devices, and 45% admitted skipping sex for a business meeting, golf game, or night at the theatre.

It gives a whole new meaning to the term coitus interruptus.

To foster healthier relationships, Chancellor proposes that Valentine's Day also be designated as "Turn Off Your BlackBerry Day".

Second Life, Second Wife

Technology can also make strangers bedfellows. According to Mother Jones magazine, about one-third of women who play the multiplayer online role-playing game Second Life marry off their avatars, as do about 10% of men who play. The virtual marriages usually last only a few weeks, however.

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