In fact, nearly a third of all people who claim they are in this type of relationship say these are college relationships.
Non-marital relationships are not the only ones in which long distance may be a factor.
This does not mean that any relationship that does not plan for the changes is doomed to failure, but it does suggest long distance couples have more work to do.
While some couples on average think a separation may only last about 14 months, many may end after less than five if the couple feels it will not work.
There are many reasons why some relationships become long distance.
For instance, one or both partners may go away for military duty.
For instance, many people tend to cut themselves off from friends and others as they wait for their partners to return. Couples in long distance relationships may have a better chance at making it work if they find a way to lead separate lives as well as stay optimistic about each other during separation.
It is also crucial not to avoid unpleasant issues in the relationship when finally reunited.
This allows one to do laundry or daily treadmill runs or other chores while talking to their partner simultaneously (this is called “parallel communication” in the research world).
This can change the whole feel of a telephone call and produce much greater intimacy in the long run.
One of the myths around long distance relationships is that they are always or more likely to fail than other kinds of relationships.