Three million Americans live apart from their spouses (for reasons other than divorce or discordance), Jiang says.It's a trend that’s has spawned the term “commuter marriages” in recent headlines reflecting the new realities of tough economic times -- you've got to go where the job is, after all. Selector .selector_input_interaction .selector_input. Selector .selector_input_interaction .selector_spinner. Richard Smith, 28, started dating Nicole Kendrot, 26, when they both lived in Rochester, N. Shortly after they got together, she accepted a job offer in New York City -- and they've been dating long-distance ever since.“You always hear people say ‘long-distance relationships suck’ or ‘long-distance relationships never work out,’” Jiang says.
It gets harder to estimate how many non-married, non-college students are in long-distance relationships, but according to one estimate, 14 percent of dating relationships were long-distance, according to the Center for the Study of Long-Distance Relationships.
Researchers asked them to track their interactions with their partners: how often they communicated, how long they talked and what they used to do it – phone calls, video chats, instant messages, email, texting or seeing each other face-to-face.
The couples in long-distance relationships reported interacting with each other a little less often every day than the couples who lived close by.
About 80 percent of the couples considered their relationship committed or serious, and the average length of their relationships was 22 months.
On average, the long-distance couples had been separated for about 17 months.