July 18, 2019
Nearly 60% of relationships involving people who live far-removed from each other will “go the distance,” according to the findings of a recent study, posted by StudyFinds.
It may take a lot of work, a lot of faith, and a heck of a commitment to make a long-distance relationship work, but the new findings should give couples who are separated by geography hope that there will no love lost between them.
The study, commissioned by Amsterdam-based interactive sex toy company KIIROO, also helped define what a long-distance relationship truly means. Averaging the responses from 1,000 U.S. adult participants who, themselves, have been in a long-distance union, they calculated that “long-distance” require one to live at least 132 miles from his or her significant other.
While most partners are optimistic at the outset of the long-distance relationship, the four-month mark is when the distance becomes challenging, the survey showed. But hang in there: After eight months, the lifestyle becomes a piece of cake.
So what’s the key to success? Cellphones, for one thing. The couples in the survey reported that they sent their significant others 343 texts per week on average — or 49 per day — and spent about eight hours a week talking to each other on the phone or via video chat.
Still, these modes of communication don’t replace physical presence. Two-thirds of the respondents agreed that the long-distance travel was the most challenging aspect of their relationship. Three in 10 said they missed the sex the most.
Toon Timmermans, CEO of KIIROO, remarked in a formal release, “We forge new relationships online more now, than ever before. From the results of this study, we see that technology in any shape or form is being used by long-distance relationships to feel closer, to feel loved—and to attempt help ease sexual tensions that may arise due to the distance.”
There were some other positives to living far from a partner. Fifty-five percent said the time apart from one another made them feel closer, and 81% agreed that it actually made the moments together more intimate.
Perhaps the biggest surprise finding of all: About 70% of respondents admitted said they actually talked to their significant other more while they lived apart.
The survey was conducted by research firm OnePoll in October 2018.
Research contact: @StudyFinds