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This summer, towards the end of your holiday, as you sit on the balcony sizzling in the sun, or by the pool, and you realise you sort of miss home, trying to imagine that you’re staying there for an extra year, or maybe even longer, and then think that you won’t get to see any of your loved ones for all that time. Even worse, imagine not being able to see your girlfriend / boyfriend for all that time. Would you be able to endure the torture of no romance for so long?

No matter how hard a couple try to bridge the gaps in geography between them, the number of relationships you hear about that take place over long distances, and actually work, is a very small number indeed.  Be it transatlantic or transpennine, in reality, the chances of a long distance relationship holding its ground are slim. So many relationships end after one half moving to another country or even just to the other end of the country they’re in. One case of a person having moved to America revealed that his relationship came to an abrupt end after two days of him living there. And need we mention the countless number of relationships that end when people move to University?

It’s not hard to understand why they tend not to work. Blowing a kiss (if that’s what you want to call it) down your webcam on Skype or having to pay ridiculously high phone bills to speak to your other half doesn’t seem quite as romantic as going for a walk in the park together or sitting on the beach together at night. Perhaps celebrities are the best example of long distance relationships not working. Try to think of at least five current Hollywood relationships that have lasted a reasonable amount of time. You struggled right? That’s because celebrities spend their lives miles apart from each other. The same rules apply for us normal people. A relationship can’t last without the physical connection and if you think otherwise, you’re mad.

It’s difficult to say exactly how far away from your partner you have to live for it to be considered a long distance relationship. I mean let’s face it, when we’re talking about long distance relationships, there are two types of long distance. There’s long distance as in you have to take the £6 Megabus down to London, and then there’s long long distance relationships, where you have to take an £800 flight to The States. If for any reason a person ends up being stuck in the latter, it’d be wise they take most people’s advice and just find someone closer to home.

In the end, it ultimately depends how much two people are willing to commit to each other. And to be honest, long distance can be classified as anywhere further than the living room if it’s the morning after last night. If you met two months ago on a drunken night out in town and he’s now moving four hours away, the truth is, it’s not going to work. But if you’re one of those die-hard romantics and you met at your high-school prom, then by all means, try giving it a shot.

The most horrendous thing about long distance relationships is when people sign up to Match.com or other online ‘chatrooms’, find someone from far ends of the earth and then change their Facebook relationship statuses to ‘in a relationship’. Just because you’ve spoken to Mavis from Texas three times does not mean you’re in a relationship, even more so, it doesn’t mean it’s acceptable to announce your love for your foreign beau on Facebook. That, my friend, is a fast-track ticket to being ridiculed.

Basically, long distance relationships, 95% of the time, do not work. Yes okay, every now and again you get the sickeningly cute couple who can last throughout University despite being hundreds of miles apart, but realistically, if we’re being brutally honest, wise advice would be to go into a long distance relationship preparing to be a single pringle within the next few months and next time, try to find a lover who’s planning on staying closer to home.

Or if you’re one of those online love-seekers, try to find someone who’s close to begin with. It’s always a help.

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