How likely are long-distance relationships to last?

Long-distance relationships have a 58 percent success rate, according to new research. A new study of 1, 000 Americans who have been in a long-distance relationship found that whether or not you and your partner make it through the long-distance phase will come down to a coin toss. Long-distance relationships can last for years or they can last a few months. But how long your long-distance relationship lasts is less important than how healthy it is during this time.

At first glance, the most cited statistics on this do not seem very good. Forty percent of all long-distance relationships end in breakups, and on average those relationships last only four and a half months. But those numbers come from a site with no author or sources (they are simply attributed to Gregory Guldner, and I haven't been able to reach him to ask how he found them). So I've done a little more research on my own, and despite the abundant pessimism you can read online, it seems that their relationship wasn't necessarily doomed to fail.

These issues can be difficult to discuss at a distance, but they are important issues that will affect the outcome of your relationship in the long run. Of course, not every long-distance relationship will survive, but they are no more likely to end in the demise than another type of relationship. However, there is no evidence to suggest that people in long-distance relationships are more likely to cheat than others. One of the myths around long-distance relationships is that they are always or more likely to fail than other types of relationships.

Jimenez, then a fellow at the Humboldt University of Berlin, found 971 participants in long-distance relationships and 278 participants in close relationships (PR). Overwhelmingly, the dozen people I interviewed about their relationships for this story said they would rather be long-distance now, rather than 20 or 50 years ago. Long-distance relationships can last until a couple finds a way to be together or ends their relationship. So how long could a long-distance relationship last? With the right tools and the right mindset, a long-distance relationship could end up being a forever relationship if you and your partner work to nurture it, that is.

It's better to have a healthy and happy relationship for a short time rather than being stuck in a toxic relationship for a long time. While the average length of a relationship is about 7.3 years, a German study said long-distance relationships tend to last less than half, or just under three years. She noted, as long-distance relationships become more common, and continue to be successful, it becomes increasingly valuable to understand the role that technology plays in strengthening or harming a romantic relationship. A long-distance marriage can last longer than other long-distance relationships, mainly because it is a more serious relationship with a greater commitment.

Another broad demographic pattern that could foster long-distance professional relationships is that having a bachelor's degree correlates with marrying later in life, leaving a stage of life after college, perhaps a few years, maybe even a decade that can be cordoned off for career development before start a family. On average, most people in long-distance relationships tend to be at least 125 miles apart from each other. For example, the overwhelming majority of long-distance relationships, more than two-thirds end when the couple does not plan changes in the relationship.

Constance Thuringer
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