One of the myths around long distance relationships is that they are always or more likely to fail than other kinds of relationships. However, there is no real evidence that actually supports this. Of course, not all long distance relationships will survive, but they are not any more likely to end in the demise than another kind of relationship. Still, long distance couples have to make an effort when they want the relationship to last. The biggest factor in a long distance relationship that will set couples up for success is communication.
One of the biggest factors which have been responsible for the increasing numbers of long distance relationships is the Internet. Online dating has made many more willing to give a long distance union a chance. Communication is made now to be much easier with Skype, Facetime and all that jazz. Virtual relationships do indeed let people forge real connections even if they live on opposite ends of the country and speaking from experience, it made time pass much faster and better. Being able to Facetime during a walk home, made it feel like the distance was not even as far as it actually was (across the Atlantic ocean).
However, this doesn’t go without saying that the beginning of long distance relationships are tough. With the whole trying to get to know each other better whilst trying to figure out each other’s schedules in order to actually schedule your phone calls but still trying not to bawl your eyes out everyday because other couples are being all couple-y and touch-y and love-y…it can take its toll on your mental health especially when your connection is extremely strong. There are though, some serious upsides to being away from each other and that is that within being in a long distance relationship; you get multiple honeymoon periods. Not only do you get a “beginning of the relationship” honeymoon phase (which, as mentioned above, can last years), you can also get a “we live together now” honeymoon phase. How amazing is that? Oh, and not that I have to mention it but how passionate is the sexual chemistry each time you guys see each other again for the first time in a while, come on!
Check out the images below on long distance relationships statistics in the U.S. Don’t stress out about the little things, enjoy your conversations and always think positive.
Long Distance Relationship Statistics and Infographic
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All In All
In a long distance relationship, not only is communication super important to make sure that you guys make it last BUT keeping the sexual intimacy alive is just as vital. While this may seem implausible from a long distance, there are ways work on having sexual intimacy while being separated. You can write erotic letters, or send sexy texts for him or her, images, snap chats and the list goes on. It may be much easier for those who have webcams or other means of “seeing” each other to act out erotic fantasies or come up with creative ways of staying intimate no matter how far away they are from each other. Be confident, express yourself and your feelings. Whatever they make me! Keep your relationship, fresh, honest and fun. Make the channels of communication open and lastly to make this entire process easier: have an end date to the long distance. It is important to have something to look forward too and not stay within the unknown. That grey area is not something you want to be in.
Lastly, always be honest to each other. Make sure your communication is truthful and not hurtful. You don’t want to be mean or say nasty things that you can’t take back. Words are all you have while you are not together, so you want to make sure those words are good, kind and honest. Let us know your long distance struggles, truths or story! Leave a comment and tell us your story!