There was a 23% relative increase in the rate of long-distance marriages between 20 (2.36% of marriages in 2000 and 2.9% of marriages in 2005).
Greater exposure to far away singles accounts for part of this trend.“People travel for their work, they commute farther, they generally travel more than we did just a few decades ago.
Couples therapists who focus on long distance relationships have understandably suggested frequent face-to-face visits.
Yet when researchers carefully looked at this question, the largest and best designed studies found no relationship between how often couples visited one another and how likely they were to stay together.
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.
But the second part of the equation, “interrelatedness” requires a great deal of effort.
Interrelatedness means being somehow involved in your partner’s, often mundane, day-to-day activities, adventures, struggles, and accomplishments.
Common sense suggests that because partners can’t keep an eye on one another they might be more prone to wander.Geographically close couples do this almost unconsciously as they chat about little events that are upcoming or recently past.These little events seem relevant when discussed right away, but they lose their interest and excitement when discussed in retrospect.Couples in LDRs report identical levels of relationship satisfaction, intimacy, trust, and commitment.Back to top, click here This is one of many questions about the demographics of long distance relationships, that is, the easily quantifiable parts such as how far apart couples live, how often they visit or call one another, how long they were together as a geographically close couple prior to having to separate, and so forth.Couples that see one another only once a week or once a month often can feel disconnected from their partner.