College long distance dating
Overall, there are just over 7 million couples (14-15 million individuals) in the US who consider themselves in a long distance relationship.
Back to top, click here Compared to 2000 there are 839,000 more long-distance marriages in 2005.
Researchers have examined whether couples in long distance relationships have more affairs than geographically close couples. The good news is that all three studies showed that couples in long distance relationships had no greater risk of having an affair than geographically close couples.
It seems that the risk of having an affair is related more to the quality of the relationship between the couple, and the personalities involved, than on mere opportunity.
Geographically close couples do this almost unconsciously as they chat about little events that are upcoming or recently past.
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.
Newlyweds have an even greater chance of being long-distance early in their marriage with one study of 600 couples showing 1 in 10 were long-distance during some portion of their first 3 years.
Pre-marital couples are harder to study though research shows an estimated 4.4 million college students (20-40% of all students in some studies) are in LDRs.
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.