Depression, apathy and loss of identity are losing out to spontaneous dates, new hobbies and better sex lives. Studies across the U.S. show that empty nest syndrome is declining, possibly due to more fulfilling jobs and better methods of communication like cell phones and web cameras. Instead of losing the reason to get up in the morning, older couples are finding more time for each other—having intimate dinners, going on vacations and getting their spark back—when their children move out. But an empty nest isn’t beneficial for everyone. Single mothers, couples whose marriage was held together by children, and people prone to depression still may go through serious and negative changes once their kids are gone from the house.