A study put out by Stony Brook University found that long term relationships do not necessarily need to fizzle into non-sexual, companionship love.  Types of love were characterized as:

  1. Friendship Love (just what it sounds like)
  2. Passionate Love (friendship + sexual interest + obsessive)
  3. Romantic Love (friendship + sexual interest)

Passionate love was found to make only short term relationships happy.  Romantic love was found to not only exist in both short and long term relationships, but also improve the quality of both kinds of relationships.  Couples don’t need to get settled into a long term relationship and expect that sexual interest will fade.  Like all good things, it can be maintained with commitment.

American Psychological Association (2009, March 21). Contrary To Widely Held Beliefs, Romance Can Last In Long-term Relationships, Say Researchers. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 9, 2009, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2009/03/090317153039.htm