Still, "Commuter marriages are becoming a little more commonplace because people are willing to try them," Guldner says. People think that what's out there now -- email and Internet and so forth -- makes it easier." Is the office romance still taboo?
Look no further than Bill Gates and Melinda French for the answer, says Patricia Mathews, MBA, president of Workplace Solutions.
With powerful forces -- such as the Internet and a 24/7 work world -- exerting influence on our passions, surprising trends are springing up on the romance front.
In a landscape of dual careers, Internet romances, and globalization, the long-distance marriage is growing in numbers. S., long-distance marriages increased by 23% between 20, according to census figures analyzed by the Center for the Study of Long Distance Relationships.
Once feared for its potential to spark sexual harassment claims, the office romance is losing its stigma.
According to a 2006 Workplace Romance Poll by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Career Journal.com, restrictions against office dating have relaxed.
On average, couples live 125 miles apart, but some dwell on separate continents.
"People travel for their work, they commute farther, they generally travel more than we did just a few decades ago.
All of these things make it more likely that they'll fall for someone who doesn't live nearby." The web fuels the trend, too.
Your grandfather married the girl next door, and your mother tied the knot with her college sweetheart. But in the last half century, we've seen lots of changes: interracial and interfaith couples, gay and lesbian couples, and the older woman with the younger man -- a union that mirrors the older man-younger woman pairing.
But you may very well find your mate through the Internet or in a neighboring cubicle. Now, according to experts who spoke to Web MD, a 21st century union may involve a couple that falls in love at work, now that the office romance is losing its stigma.