The Crestiad

Cedar Crest College newspaper since 1923

How to Survive a Long-Distance Relationship

By Jericho Burke

At some point in your life (if you haven’t already), you may find yourself in a long-distance relationship. I’m in one myself—my wonderful partner Dillon and I are separated by almost 300 miles. However, we don’t suffer for the distance. Aside from bouts of loneliness, we have strong communication and we make each other smile every second of the day.

Here are a few tips to make your long-distance relationship successful.

  1. Find virtual activities to do together.

            If you and your partner like gaming, consider checking out multiplayer online games like World of Warcraft or Guild Wars 2.

If you’re not into gaming, try Second Life, a popular life simulator that offers insanely customizable avatars and lots of clubs and cozy hangouts where you can have a romantic virtual date with your partner.

  1. Be truthful about your feelings.

            A long-distance relationship requires a lot of open communication. You should strive to be up-front with your feelings at all times, because emotions can be harder to convey across distance. Conversely, strive to become comfortable with expressing your needs in a relationship. Long-distance relationships have a tendency to end when one or both participants don’t tell their partner what they need.

  1. Stay in regular contact.

            It’s easy to get caught up in the stresses of life and let days or even a week pass without seriously talking to your partner. Dillon and I circumvent this obstacle by using Line and Skype, two popular and free messaging services.

Both have different strengths: you can use Skype to call cell phones and landlines, but Line works better on mobile devices. We stay in touch 24/7 with these apps, and neither of us know what we’d do without them.

Long-distance relationships can take a lot of work. It’s tough knowing that your loved one is hundreds, maybe thousands of miles away. Little things like experiencing major life events alone or waking up in an empty bed can be heartbreaking. But if you’ve found your soul mate, then distance truly doesn’t matter.



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