What Americans think about long-distance relationships

Jamie BallardData Journalist
May 31, 2018, 3:30 PM GMT+0

Americans are evenly split on whether long-distance relationships can work

Even in the age of social media and near-constant connection, many Americans aren’t so sure about long-distance relationships. New data from YouGov shows that more than a third of Americans (36%) agreed with the statement “Out of sight, out of mind,” as it applies to long-distance relationships. However, an equal number of people (36%) agreed with the statement “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” Meanwhile, 28 percent said they simply weren’t sure.

Men were slightly more likely than women to take a romantic view of things, with 38 percent of male respondents saying “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” was usually true, compared to 34 percent of female respondents.

A plurality of people between the ages of 18 and 24 also chose the more romantic option, with 37% of respondents choosing the “absence makes the heart grow fonder” statement as true. Their older counterparts tended to disagree, with 38% of people age 55 and older saying that “Out of sight, out of mind” was the generally truer statement.

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