Jealousy is the root of most relationship mishaps. It infests the mind with all manner of illogical thoughts that may manifest into not-too-good deeds. In long distance relationships, only a drop of jealousy can grow speedily into a monster that is capable of tearing a relationship apart in a relatively short time.
A study of jealousy experience and expression in long distance relationships conducted by Brooks Aylor and Marianne Dainton discovered that couples who have lesser or no frequent face-to-face contact are more likely to be jealous than their counterparts in geographically close relationships who meet very often.
First, 114 individuals in long distance unions were asked how many times they met face to face in a typical week. Over thirty percent reported no face-to-face contact as opposed to close to seventy percent who reported that they came in contact with their partner. The data collated for long distance relationships was then compared with that of geographically close relationships. It was found that those in long distance relationships (LDRs) experienced more jealousy than those in geographically close relationships (GCRs).
It was also discovered that couples who used mostly the internet or technology to communicate and have a lesser frequency of periodic face-to-face contact reported significantly lower levels of satisfaction, commitment and trust in their significant other.
A separate study published by the journal of social and personal relationships found that only a half of Long distance relationship partners experience a smooth transition between GCR to LDR. The other half end their relationships on getting geographically close or on separation by distance.
From the other end, another research also confirms the above findings. 335 undergraduate students who were in LDRs and became geographically close were studied. Of the reunited couples, 66 individuals terminated their relationships after moving to the same location, whereas 114 continued their relationship.
Several people have reported more conflict and misunderstanding in their relationships after they either got separated by distance or became geographically close. Many reported an increase in the number of fights and also complained that conflicts became more hard to resolve. For some individuals, having to stay close to their partners increased their level of jealousy which led to more conflicts. Others on the contrary believe that distance makes them trust their partners less – like they are cheating, have cheated in the past, or would cheat on them in the future.
Either way, transitions between LDRs to GCRs is likely to stir-up some jealousy and other conflicts that if not properly handled can lead to relationship breakups. You must beware and prepare for it.