In their study, the researchers gave 474 females and 243 males in long-distance relationships a series of questions on topics including intimacy, commitment, communication, and sexual satisfaction (or lack thereof).The researchers asked the same questions of 314 females and 111 males who lived near their partner.This suggests that the hardest part about long-distance relationships is not the distance itself, Dargie said."According to our research, it's not necessarily how far apart you are or how little you see your partners," she explained.Although the people in a long-distance did not interact as frequently throughout the day, their interactions were longer and more intimate."If being geographically apart is inevitable, people should not despair," Crystal Jiang, an assistant professor at City University of Hong Kong and coauthor of the paper, told the Huffington Post."There was not, and still is not, a great deal of research on the topic, so my partner and we were just stumbling through as best we could. "Although it would be tempting to blame the long distance for that dissolution, I now see that the relationship had just run its course." While long-distance relationships are nothing new and faraway lovers have historically stayed in touch via letters and phone calls, recent technology — especially the internet — means it's possible to regularly see and communicate with your partner even if you can't be with them physically.
Since we were a couple, we both had a certain expectation about making our relationship a really high priority.However, when the person living miles away is “just” my friend, those same high expectations aren’t necessarily reasonable considering our platonic relationship.We’ve instead found what type of long-distance communication works for us as friends.(The average age of research participants was 21, and the authors cautioned in the paper that "the sample of tech-savvy college students may limit the generalizability of the conclusions.") The study analyzed 876 diary entries detailing the couples' day-to-day interactions.Roughly half of the couples were in long-distance relationships.