This Is Exactly How Far People Are Willing to Travel for Love

Your local pizza place would probably go farther.

If you're a romantic, you'd probably say that you're willing to go any distance in your search for "the one." But, in the age of online dating, it seems that the number of miles a singleton is willing to travel in order to meet a potential partner is on the decline.

Moving company Hire a Helper recently polled more than 1,000 people of various ages via an online survey and found that around two-thirds (62 percent) of online daters set their radius for matches at 30 miles or less. Millennials were more likely to set an even smaller radius, with about half (49 percent) only considering matches within 20 miles or less.

Thirty-five percent of respondents said they wouldn't be willing to venture outside of their city in their search for love, 28.5 percent said their match would have to be within their state's borders, and only a paltry nine percent said they wouldn't consider distance at all. Men were more likely than women (43 percent versus 37 percent) to say they would only consider matches within the general vicinity of where they live.

Those who identify as LGBTQ were more likely to say they'd be willing to go outside of their state for love (16 percent). They were also more likely not to take distance into account whatsoever (12 percent).

With these numbers in mind, it's probably no surprise that two-thirds of respondents said they are against getting into a long-distance relationship. And even if they did manage to find love outside of state lines, about a quarter of respondents said they would be flat-out against moving for their romantic partner, and less than half (44 percent) said they'd be open to relocating. All in all, the survey lends credence to the widespread belief that we've all gotten a little bit lazy about the pursuit of romance.

The irony of online dating is that it gives people more options than ever, but more people are single than ever before. Now, this new Hire a Helper survey shows another modern dating irony: It's never been easier to cross the globe in search of love, but people aren't willing to travel more than 30 miles, apparently.

And for a more upbeat take on eternal love, check out This Marriage Advice from High School Sweethearts Will Warm Your Heart.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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