In 2013, 14 million couples defined themselves as being in a long distance relationship. That doesn’t include the 3.75 million married couples that are also in long distance relationships and those figures are just from the United States. Loving someone who is a long ways away can be difficult. Just how successful are long distance relationships?
Statistics of Long Distance Relationships
Transitioning from high school to college isn’t the only cause of long distance relationships.
There are plenty of movies out there that romanticize the idea of falling in love with your high school sweetheart, going to different colleges, but then after college you’re able to still get together thanks to long distance love. This transition isn’t the only cause of long distance relationships! Let’s take a look at the statistics.
1. 32.5% of all long distance relationships are attributed to college.
2. A majority of married long distance relationships are caused because of military service where one or both members of the relationship are called into active duty.
3. With jobs more scarce over the last 5 years, long distance commutes have created distance in relationships because it is often more cost effective to have a small apartment near work and then commute home on the weekends.
Takeaway: Modern relationships can be difficult, but long distance relationships can seem a lot closer thanks to modern technology. Free video calls over Skype or programs like Face Time can give couples some eye contact in real time, even if they aren’t there in person. This allows for greater connectivity and ultimately a better chance for that relationship to succeed.
Long Distance Relationship Statistics
1. 40% of all long distance relationships end up failing in some way, including relationships where the partners are married.
2. 70% of these failures happen because of unplanned circumstances that happen to one of the participants in a relationship.
3. If a relationship is going to break down, in generally happens within the first 5 months of the time that there is distance separating the two parties.
4. Most long distance relationships have two in-person visits per month or less.
5. Most long distance couples only speak on the phone once every three days.
6. Most long distance relationships don’t expect to move back together with each other on a permanent basis for at least 14 months.
7. For most couples, the biggest obstacle to overcome in a long distance relationship is sexual intimacy.
Takeaway: In “for better or worse,” having a long distance relationship is definitely more of the “worse” part of a commitment. With proactive planning, however, steps can be taken to minimize the negative effects of a long distance relationship so that coming together again can become a legitimate future reality.