The Ultimate Crowdsourced Map of Long Distance Relationships

The Ultimate Crowdsourced Map of Long Distance Relationships


    - Long distance relationships are not temporary. Far from it. The longest clocked in at 46 years (!) but there were five relationships reported over 30 years and at least a dozen more that lasted over a decade. Keep this in mind next time you think a week away from your significant other is too much.
   
    - Three people conducted relationships from Antarctica. A statistically anomalous number. All were there for work.
   
    - Most people are still in their LDRs. Of the 595 total relationships we counted, only 117 said that they had broken up. That means 478 of you, as of February, are going strong!
   
    - Longest distance: 11,767 miles (Coventry, England - Christchurch, New Zealand).  We were overwhelmed by the literal lengths people will go for love. At least 17 people were separated by over 10,000 miles (Australia/New Zealand accounted for much of this) and only one of those relationships was reported as being over.
    - Shortest distance: 41 miles (Hempstead, NY - Haskell, NJ). On the flip side, six relationships were clocked at under 100 miles apart. And two of them have already concluded.
   
    - Work was the most common reason given for being apart. This was followed by school, then family. Some of you just felt like it though.
   
    - Planes were the most common mode of transit. No surprise there. But only 20 respondents used buses as their main romantic conveyances.
   
    - Many of you were kept apart for long periods by visas. Immigration to the U.S. posed a particular problem.
   
    - IRL meetings are overrated. A significant number of respondents kept the flame alive without meeting in person for many years, and in 17 cases, not ever.


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