In a world where people frequently travel across the country for work and school, it may seem impossible to maintain a satisfying relationship. Fortunately, video-chatting, texting and cell phones make the distance easier to surmount for friends and couples alike. Not only that, but new research suggests there is truth in the saying “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” Long-distance couples are likely to have more meaningful conversations, even if their separated lives lead them to talk less frequently than couples who live together. Because of the need to express “affection and intimacy” over distance, they are also more likely to devote their full attention to one another when they do talk, instead of interacting over the TV or chores. Learn more from TIME about why “geographically impossible” relationships are, in fact, far from impossible.