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Is Long Distance Dating Good Or Bad

Aug 17, 2007
Though long distance relationships have been around since the dawn of time, they are certainly becoming more frequent. With the introduction of online dating, the number of long distance relationships has more than tripled.

The reason is because communication is so easy with someone from across the world. It does not cost a penny to sit and chat with them for hours. Cell phone plans allow so many free minutes and after a certain hour, you can talk for free.

The only thing that has remained the same is the physical appearance in the relationship and is still no easier today than it was twenty years ago.

When considering a long distance dating relationship here are some things to think about when making your decision.

Do you know them or not?

Most people contest that the online chatting for hours or phone conversations help them learn the core of a person much better than traditional dating.

Is this true?

Well it certainly could be, because spending hours talking on the phone or computer is one way of learning a great deal about a person.

Most people talk about their life, goals, childhood and other conversational issues that help their partner truly learn what they are like. But, there are many that claim that talking on the phone or computer in a dating relationship is not the only way by which you need to know your partner.

Talking to someone and exploring their thought process and feelings is one way of getting to know someone, but what about their actions in public, how they eat and do they leave the toilet seat up? These are all things to consider, because they are leading causes of fights in serious dating relationships and marriages.

Intimacy: is phone sex the same?

Just about everyone would agree that one of the leading downfalls of a long distance dating relationship is the lack of intimacy.While some may be perfectly content with phone sex or other alternative intimacy methods, most people want physical intimacy.

Intimacy does not necessarily mean the sexual act, but what about holding hands, kissing or snuggling?

That is a big part of a relationship and it can really put a strain on things when it is few and far between. So, when you commit to a long distance relationship remember that this will be something that you will have to face. Make sure that it is something that you understand and can deal with before committing.

Respect, trust and honesty

One of the leading dating tips for long distance relationships is respect, trust and honesty. These are all issues that must be taken even more seriously since there is greater distance between the two of you.

If you are feeling insecure about your partners whereabouts, if you live in the same town you drive right over and check it out. When you live hundreds or thousands of miles away this is not possible or not without a ton of money! So it is important that a very strong bond of trust and respect is established at a very early stage in the relationship.

Always back your information up with honesty by telling the truth. Though your partner lives a way off does not mean that they cannot find out something about you. You would be very surprised at how small this old world is!

Though it is a long distance relationship, your partner still deserves the same respect as if they lived in the same city. Remember their birthdays and other important dates, do not assume that because you live far apart that it excuses you from respecting them, it does not!
About the Author
Lee Blackspur is the owner of http://www.My-Dating-Advice.com which provides free online and offline dating tips, advice and articles for men, women and teens of all ages and experience.
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