I break down long distance relationships into four broad areas – demographics, the personality of each person in the couple, the support system for the relationship, and the quality of the relationship itself.Research has shown clearly that of these four components, demographics has the least to do with the success or failure of a long distance relationship.Newlyweds have an even greater chance of being long-distance early in their marriage with one study of 600 couples showing 1 in 10 were long-distance during some portion of their first 3 years.Pre-marital couples are harder to study though research shows an estimated 4.4 million college students (20-40% of all students in some studies) are in LDRs.Geographically close couples do this almost unconsciously as they chat about little events that are upcoming or recently past.
Society has finally started accepting long distance relationships as a viable alternative.
Multiple studies comparing LDRs to geographically close couples find the same rates of breaking up over time.
Rates of Break-up for LDRs Versus Proximal (Close) Relationships (PR) from 5 Studies Multiple studies have measured relationship quality and compared couples in LDRs to those in geographically close relationships.
Researchers have examined whether couples in long distance relationships have more affairs than geographically close couples. The good news is that all three studies showed that couples in long distance relationships had no greater risk of having an affair than geographically close couples.
It seems that the risk of having an affair is related more to the quality of the relationship between the couple, and the personalities involved, than on mere opportunity.