"There is likely little that people will be able to do in order to change their long distance status, but if they devote their time to filling their lives with good people and fun activities, that absence may feel less pronounced," Dargie told Business Insider.
"Plus, that gives much more to talk about during phone and/or Skype dates!
I worried about what the distance would do to my friendships with these people I considered really important in my life.
In their study, the researchers gave 474 females and 243 males in long-distance relationships a series of questions on topics including intimacy, commitment, communication, and sexual satisfaction (or lack thereof).
The researchers asked the same questions of 314 females and 111 males who lived near their partner.
"It's more about the discrepancy between your expectations for relationships and the reality of your current situation." In addition to her research, Dargie is an expert on long-distance romance from personal experience.
In fact, part of the reason she began researching this type of relationship is because she was in a long-distance relationship at the time.