Seeing as how romance and dating are different for everyone, it’s no surprise that the reasons for and success of long-distance relationships vary widely from couple to couple.

Here, we’ll look at five common myths about long-distance relationships and try to get to what the truth actually is.

Myth: All long-distance relationships are destined to fail.

Reality: If popular depictions of long-distance relationships in the media are to be believed, all long-distance relationships are doomed from the start. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Long-distance relationships fail for the same reasons any other relationship does: Either it’s not a good fit or it’s simply not the right time.

That being said, long-distance relationships can be just as successful as any other relationship. Long-distance success is possible if at least these two conditions are met:

  1. The partners involved have the same shared values and intentions for the relationship.
  2. The partners are willing to put in the work to maintain a sense of emotional closeness even when geography gets in the way.