Communication has come quite a long way. From being completely unable to keep in touch while apart, to now being able to live-stream video while chatting via several different mediums, the evolution of peer-to-peer interaction over long distances has reached a number of milestones.

In a recent info graphic from Get.Rounds, a social platform revolving around entertainment, the evolution of the long-distance relationship between lovers and couples has been listed. Some highlights:

  • The homing pigeon was one of the first ways lovers were able to communicate over long distances, using the birds to transmit small messages to one another.
  • Couples moved onto photo-sharing around 1814, possibly sending one another NSFW images to keep each other going while separated.
  • The telephone, invented in 1914, was a revolutionary leap not just for couples, but for anyone needing to communicate quickly abroad.
  • Communicating slowly became more and more technology-centric and social with inventions like cellphones with text messaging, chat programs like AIM, and mobile phones now with cameras on them.
  • Bam! Welcome to the current world where every invention is combined into a live-streaming, real-time, chatting, web-camera viewing, and social centric economy.
When it comes to long distance relationships, do you feel that social media has been a positive change? Sound off in the comments. And to view the full size of the info graphic, click the image down below.

11.08.25 EvolutionRelationshipFINAL 520x2080 The evolution of long distance relationships in social media [Infographic]