Beyond the first few months of giddy affection, few romantic relationships are easy. Some look that way, but usually that’s because two people are putting in a lot of work behind the scenes. Long-distance relationships are even harder.

Of course, with the right mindset, plenty of emotional preparation and lots of work throughout, long-distance relationships can and do work out. But many potential pitfalls await every hopeful attempt at cross-country love. What are reasons long-distance relationships just don’t work? Here’s a clue: Romances rarely come to a boil when conducted by fax.

  • Communication Breakdown: Modern electronic communication is great, but often don’t pay off with a truly fulfilling interaction. Normal, daily interactions require real effort to keep in touch and feel connected.
  • The Cost of Keeping in Touch: For people in romantic relationships who live in different regions of the country, a few yearly visits to maintain the relationship could cost big bucks.
  • Different Expectations: “Long-distance relationship” can mean different things to different people. It may mean “heart-wrenching tragedy” to one person, while for the other partner it means “year-long vacation.”

Full list at HowStuffWorks.com.

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