by Gena Kaufman
David Tsay It might be time to let go of our general assumption that long-distance relationships are pure torture. The news this year has been that LDRs not only work--they work just as well if not better than the regular old shared-zip-code kind of relationship. The latest study, which looked at 717 people in long-distance relationships and 425 in "geographically close relationships," found that the folks in LDRs were no less satisfied than those who lived closer to their significant other.
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And in fact, the distance apart actually predicted more intimacy, communication, and satisfaction. (That confirms a similar, smaller study earlier this year on the increased intimacy of long-distance relationships.) More important to a relationship's success than miles apart were qualities like feeling certainty in the relationship's future.
The only logical thing to take away from this is that in order to get closer to your significant others, you should all tell your boyfriends to move away. I specifically give this advice to all my girlfriends, so that I have something to do on Friday nights again.
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Kidding, of course! But it is really nice to know that if circumstances dictate that you be away from your guy for an extended period of time, plenty of relationships survive just as happily that way. Absence, heart growing fonder, etc.
Do you think you could feel just as happy and satisfied in your relationship if you had to be long-distance?