This is what science says about long-distance relationships.
So, here is what science says about the fate of your relationship and how most people cope in a long-distance relationship.
As soon as we hear the word long-distance associated with any relationship, we assumed that the relationship is heading towards disaster. With all the technological advancement, the long-distance relationship is more practical with all the phones, videocalls etc. but still, the distance presents many challenges on its own. So, let’s have a look at what science says about along-distance relationship.
Long-distance relationships are not necessarily more unhappy.
In the year 2014, a study of long-distance partners and geographically close partners was conducted. Surprisingly, as it is generally assumed, people in long-distance relationships were not very unhappy, and their relationship was more or less like people who are geographically close. They had the same number of challenges and great moments in their relationship.
Distance does make the heart grow fonder.
A study from Cornell University and the University of Hong Kong conducted in the year 2013 states that distance does make the hearts grow fonder. By analyzing and studying various phone calls, texts, video messages, and various other forms of communication, the researcher found that people who are in long-distance relationships are more loving and thoughtful than geographically close relationships. People in a long-distance relationship are more open in their communication with each other, and most of their communication is intimate instead of being problematic.
You tend to idealize your partner more when you are apart.
People who are in a long-distance relationship are most likely to find fewer faults in their significant other. A study stated that most people start to idealize partner behaviour more when they are apart. It is simple logic; it is easier to imagine a knight in shining armour than somebody whom you can see everyday with all their faults and eccentricities.
People tend to be happier in relationship if the long-distance arrangement is temporary.
Katheryn Maguire, a relationship and distance communication expert in her 2007, study stated that people who are temporarily in a long-distance relationship but are likely to reunite with their partners are less distressed, are happy and more satisfied. However, the study didn’t probe much on the likelihood of couples breaking up in this arrangement; just that they are happier and satisfied with their status quo.
Women are most likely to adapt to a long-distance relationship.
Women are most likely to adjust and adapt in a long-distance relationship, a 1994 study states. Even if the relationship ends in a breakup, women are most likely to heal faster.
So, would you consider being in a long-distance relationship?