From Romeo and Juliet, to dashing Mr Rochester choosing plain Jane Eyre, we celebrated stories of Cupid’s dart striking randomly.
But since 1995 when the first online dating site was launched, the tables have completely turned.
But on average, long-distance couples see each other 1.5 times a month, according to center statistics.
Such pairs include the two married academics who love their jobs and have lived apart for more than a decade; the spouse who accepted a foreign job assignment but didn't want to uproot the family; the high-powered, dual-career couple constantly on the move to advance in their jobs.
The track record ain't great, unless you count Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney (Molly was technically the runnerup), while Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici — who tied the knot in a live TV wedding — are the only Bachelor couple to still be together.
But in the 20th century this all changed, with young people deciding they wanted to be in charge of their own domestic destinies.