Long distance relationship means being in a love relationship with someone who is far away from you. Though you both are dying to see each other, the distance between you becomes the greatest hindrance. Relationships like these have become more common in recent years thanks mainly to the internet, which has made it easier for people in different places to connect and communicate.
There are so many negative aspects associated with long-distance relationships today that it is sometimes hard to see the silver-lining around them. Although being separated from your partner can place a physical and emotional limitation on your day-to-day life, there are actually many benefits to this type of relationship.
You Get to Know Each Other Better Without the Physical Distraction
So many relationships are unsustainable because they start out with physical attraction and involvement, but then the couple discover that their personalities don’t really match at a later date. Long distance romances generally ensure that there is a long period of getting to know each other via various social media platforms. Of course, there is always some danger that you aren’t physically attracted when you do eventually meet up, but one should never underestimate the power communication for the well being of a relationship.
The distance between you and your partner compels individuality. For some couples, being around each other daily leads to synchrony of personality and behavior. They do everything together, they finish each other’s sentences, and they act so much alike that it is hard to distinguish one personality from the other. Although this may seem cute at first, it has its downsides. There is little room for growth, and each individual is defined by their partner. In a long distance relationship, you have time to discover the person you are. You have time to think about your own values, your own goals, and your individual persona.
Modern Technology Makes it Much Easier
Few decades back, a distance romance meant communicating through writing letters. Then came the telephone. Nowadays, we can communicate with video and audio in real time, making things much more personal and immediate. On top of that there is texting, emails, and social media. There is no need to feel disconnected from your partner, when you can communicate instantaneously. You can instantly share experiences via the internet.
Appreciation for the Moments Spent Together
When you are around someone constantly, it can be easy to take them for granted. It’s easy for couples to get so wrapped up in their daily lives and schedules that they forget to value each other; they get into arguments and become caught up in problems that can lead to a break up. Such reactions can be heightened in moments of stress, such as in the aftermath of having a bad day at work. Of course, days like these are normal for anyone, but they can take a toll on a relationship, especially if they happen regularly. It is a sad truth, but sometimes being away from the person you love can be good for you. Distance teaches you and your partner the value of your relationship.
If Your Relationship Survives, You Know It’s Strong
Long distance relationships do present some extra challenges that don’t exist when you are seeing each other in person on a regular basis, but if these challenges are overcome then your relationship may well end up strengthened. That might seem counter-intuitive, but there are many that can vouch that if the romance can survive the distance, it can survive anything.
You Always Have Something to Look Forward to
It can feel great to have someone special to talk with at the end of each day, or at the weekends. It can keep you going through a tough schedule at work, as well as through some of life’s other challenges. Skype conversations, emails, messages are extra special when you are apart from your loved one. Trips where you meet up in person are also fun to plan and the sense of anticipation they provide can bring almost as much joy as actually meeting.