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Old 01-19-2010, 02:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Long-Distance Relationships, do they work?

Have a couple friends who are involved with them. Do they really work though? I have a chance now with someone 1000 miles away but would love to give this a shot. Both of us single, no kids, 40's.

Please share stories, both good and bad on this.
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Old 01-19-2010, 02:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The reality of the situation is that there are people suitable for your companionship right out your front door if you'd put in the effort to meet them.

Beyond that, I wont use the term "relationship" with anyone I haven't met, much less shared a meal or activity with. You have to appreciate a person at their worst, at their lowest, to really know if that attraction is real, or if it's just some manufactured hand picked series of pictures that they've chosen to share with the world.
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Old 01-19-2010, 02:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't do them. I need physical contact and face time to stay emotionally attached to a person. I couldn't do it. They don't work for me.
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Old 01-19-2010, 03:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've done them before and they can work, the key is not falling to hard until you follow through on plans to get together. Its easier if the distance isn't too great and you can get together fairly easily...but I guess maybe that doesn't count as a long distance relationship anyway. The problem with most long distance relationship is neither person has any intention of uprooting their lives and in turn the relationship ends up playing out on the phone or Internet, being more of an infatuation then a budding relationship or a chance to fall in love. In that case no they don't work, you never develop any physical bond and eventually somebody gets bored or fed up and moves on.
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Old 01-19-2010, 04:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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mine worked. we had to travel a lot to be together, but the moments where we were together were nothing short of magical.

she's the best thing thats ever happened to me. we connect on so many different levels. we listen to different music and shes a vegan, but we click. we just get each other.

the best part about it was that we really got to know each other before we came face to face. no superficial B.S.
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Old 01-19-2010, 04:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I've been in a couple of long distance relationships and I can say, after 22 years, that yes it can work.
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Old 01-19-2010, 04:17 PM   #7 (permalink)
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the best part about it was that we really got to know each other before we came face to face. no superficial B.S.
At this stage right now. How far were you apart from each other? I would have no problems moving.
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Old 01-19-2010, 04:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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i lived in central florida (now live in south georgia), she lives in central indiana. quite far.

im about to make the move myself. i should have made the move a long time ago, but i waited and money became tight.
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Old 01-19-2010, 04:49 PM   #9 (permalink)
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i lived in central florida (now live in south georgia), she lives in central indiana. quite far.

im about to make the move myself. i should have made the move a long time ago, but i waited and money became tight.
Nice, good luck.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:03 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Long distance relationships can work, but they are immensely easier to have when you actually have a plan or at least an idea of when you will be together definitively.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:07 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Long distance relationships can work, but they are immensely easier to have when you actually have a plan or at least an idea of when you will be together definitively.
Totally agree with this.
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Old 01-19-2010, 10:49 PM   #12 (permalink)
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-its easier if you're an optimist
-its easier if you can both make constant plans (trips, visits, vacations, phone call arrangements, other contact sources, etc)
-its easier if you've gotten to know them well, AND TRUST THEM
-its easier if you have money to throw around for travel and phone bills, etc.
-its easier if you use logic/common sense to keep emotions under control. (For example, its can be tough to note a tone in what someone types up on the internet, or in a letter/email. It is equally tough to note the tone in a long distance relationship, even phone calls cause difficulty. body language lacking and all... for extended periods of time...toughie)

I'm giving a perspective based off of personal experiences. I've had two long distance relationships so far, both failed miserably. Lies and whatnot. Gotta love those lies!
And as you can see, I'm still highly cynical from the more recent breakup (2 weeks ago, heh)
One lasted about 3 months, the other lasted over 3 years, possibly longer (we didn't really keep track)

Its a good life experience I suppose, then again, all social interactions are aren't they.

Thus, based off of my life thus far, NO, LD relationships do not work.

But hey, give it a shot. There's lots of success stories out there, and lots on TFP itself. Take the opportunity, or it could turn into a regret.
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:03 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I vote against long distance. There are too many viable partners within any given city.
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:10 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Old 01-20-2010, 01:20 AM   #15 (permalink)
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if you can avoid it.. do. but they can "work" meaning if you work hard on em you can make it last untill you can be together.

my marriage has been abotu 80% long distance from the begining and basically that sucks.

only real advice i can give you is when you DO finnally get together. do it for either 2-3 days at a shot or long haul because the noviltey of some one wears off after the first few days. then things get wierd for a few weeks as you adjust to being aroudn each other again (expecially if you are living together) me and the wife its always " OMG your home YAY" for abotu 2 days then it turns into " why are you still in my house" for a few weeks untill you figure how to live together back out.
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Old 01-20-2010, 08:26 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Yup yup.
Now, I didn't say that. But interesting take on it.
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:00 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I don't think, I could do it. It's another thing being friends with someone far away.

My father was often away because of his work. I didn't want a husband like that, nor father like that to my children. I married rather close.
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:32 AM   #18 (permalink)
 
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:46 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Having been in a few LDR's, I have resolved to not pursue them any more. I am not interested in a relationship where there is no physical interaction.
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:54 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Let's say there is regular physical interaction. Let's say you have to drive 90 minutes. Or 3 hours. Or X.

It's about practicality. How much do you sacrifice to touch someone when others are much closer?

I really liked the girl that I had to drive 90 minutes for... but 8 hours? The sex didn't warrant it.
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Old 01-20-2010, 10:51 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I'm in one right now... and not by choice.



And it sucks. A lot.
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Old 01-20-2010, 10:57 AM   #22 (permalink)
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What sucks more? The waiting or the travel?

For me it was the travel. If I have a local girlfriend that I see twice a month this one month, that's cool.

But wasting time and money to haul myself across the country was a real nuisance.
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:36 AM   #23 (permalink)
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She's only gone for two months.
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:38 AM   #24 (permalink)
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I kept it going with girl for a few months. I was in Boise, she was in Sacramento. Being apart was crappy. The job was crappy.

I fled Boise and returned to her loving arms.

We got married. 15 years later, we still are.
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Old 01-20-2010, 12:19 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Once upon a time, there was a girl. She met lovely boys from Chicago, Indianapolis, Boston, and a small town north of Dayton. She made it a point to tell these lovely boys, "I'm not your girlfriend. You're not going to tie me down when you live that far away. I'm not all that interested in uprooting my life for you, and I don't expect you to do that for me; sure, you're cool, but we're never going to be anything serious."

And so it went. Anything over an hour away was a dealbreaker, and she was perfectly okay with that.

And then one day, she was reading through posts on TFP, much like she did every day. She replied to one, much like she did every day, but this time she decided to check the profile of the person to whom she was replying. He, apparently, did the same, and they started responding to each other in threads, and chatting every day, which led to texting and phone calls.

To make a fairly long story a little bit shorter, she fell for someone who lived eight hours away. Something clicked with this one, and while the time apart really sucks, it will be worth it in the end.

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So, yeah. Before, I would've said getting involved with someone long distance was pointless. I'm not saying that now

Certain things help, though, like settie said. There has to be trust. There has to be open communication. And really, the distance can't be permanent. There should be a plan, somewhere along the way, to remove the "long distance" part from the "relationship" part.
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Old 01-20-2010, 02:52 PM   #26 (permalink)
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The long distance stories I hear where it didn't work out in a healthy way usually involve people a couple of years out of high school.

After that point, it seems like people will deal with the distance with good communication and either decide they don't want to deal with that burden anymore, and break it off, or they solve the problem eventually by moving together. The young ones lie to themselves and stay when they shouldn't. Or cheat.

I don't think it's any easier due to age. I think it has way more to do with the people involved. But I do think a lot of twenty year olds are in long term relationships because they didn't want to just break up or because they are afraid of being alone.

Being alone in a bed with someone else is much worse than just being alone.
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:46 PM   #27 (permalink)
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My previous relationship was long distance by nature. We began chatting over IRC while playing a browser-based game, and rather quickly, flirtation led to intimate conversations. We piqued one another's curiosity, and despite limiting ourselves to textual communication, a seemingly magical connection was formed. Our relationship became highly romantic for the better part of a year until the four to five hours of conversation per day diminished to two or three, and our personality clashes, coupled with insecurity on both sides, resulted in irreversible damage. Even so, we flourished for another year before numerous issues overwhelmed us. The worst problems were the distance and our stage of life difference. She was ready to settle down, while I wasn't, and for a multitude of reasons, we were unable to physically meet.

I wound up cheating thrice on her, and neither of us could recover from the strain that placed on our relationship. Our personalities diverged, my sexual drive was utterly destroyed out of guilt, and we lost any semblance of romantic intimacy. She felt unwanted, I felt unforgiven, and we strung each other along for one additional year before she worked up the courage to leave. The distance had become too great for the dilapidated bridge we struggled to maintain.

All in all, the inability to branch into each other's offline life was devastating. The growth of our relationship was stunted, and intimacy can survive only so long over the internet. Once the intimacy vanished, the relationship itself followed suit.
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Old 01-23-2010, 11:15 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Well of course people know my story...long distance can work. But I agree, having a plan for the future along with a timeline for that plan are crucial. James and I did the long distance thing, we dated a year previous to doing it. Ultimately things didn't work out because of later life decisions and understandings. Throughout it was expensive, time-consuming, and pricey. I don't regret any of it. We loved eachother very much. We still respect eachother immensly. It takes commitment and trust along with patience.

After going through that I promised myself I would never do another ldr, simply because I'm in a city where I don't need to. Now I'm faced with the possibility of my current boyfriend to be transferring schools to UT in Austin, two hours away. I would do it again and make it work, only for the fact that he says he knows it would work and believes in us. I did once, I could do it again.

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Well of course people know my story...long distance can work. But I agree, having a plan for the future along with a timeline for that plan are crucial. James and I did the long distance thing, we dated a year previous to doing it. Ultimately things didn't work out because of later life decisions and understandings. Throughout it was expensive, time-consuming, and pricey. I don't regret any of it. We loved eachother very much. We still respect eachother immensly. It takes commitment and trust along with patience.

After going through that I promised myself I would never do another ldr, simply because I'm in a city where I don't need to. Now I'm faced with the possibility of my current boyfriend to be transferring schools to UT in Austin, two hours away. I would do it again and make it work, only for the fact that he says he knows it would work and believes in us. I did once, I could do it again. Wanting to do it is another story. But I feel strong enough about this man to put myself through that again. Let is be clear though, if it could be avoided it would be.
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Old 02-04-2010, 12:35 AM   #29 (permalink)
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I think any relationship regardless of the distance has a chance of working, or not working. It just really depends how much time each partner is willing to put into the relationship.
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Old 02-04-2010, 02:12 AM   #30 (permalink)
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I would say they rarely work unless people really understand the dedication necessary for them to finally find a way to not be LDR anymore.

And also, I think they occur because it's not really something you choose. Would anyone in their right mind choose to love someone who is very far away most of the time? No. So, if you can avoid being in one, I'd say it's better for you. Sometimes it just happens, and though in some cases you can fight it, other times you just want to give it a try with that person that you throw caution out the window.

I know there are millions of people right on my doorstep. For me, I don't click with the first person I stumble upon, or the first guy who shows an interest in me. So when I do meet someone that I click with in a strong way, I go for it. LDR or not. Right now, I hope that I don't have any more of those because I don't know if I can trust another guy in a LDR.

I also feel that LDRs have happened to me a couple of times because of my upbringing. Having been in an international school with people from all parts of the world, makes it so I have a lot of friends abroad. I also like to speak english very much so I tend to seek out people who also have 'an english tendency'. I have very rarely met a truly portuguese man I want to date. There is just something about the demeanour and thought process...I wish I didn't have this problem. It makes it very hard for me to meet someone I connect with.

So my answer is, avoid it if you can. If you're in one, be clear on what you are doing and what it means.
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Old 02-07-2010, 04:58 PM   #31 (permalink)
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It's hard work, and guaranteed to give you both a lot of heartache. I'm very glad that I had at least a year of time together with my spouse before it got to be a long distance relationship. We've been married very close to 10 years now and I still don't get to see much of them(have 2 kids with her in the mean time).

It takes a lot of dedication to each other, I know that there have been a lot of times that, should we have gotten a divorce, everyone would have understood.
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Old 02-08-2010, 07:27 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Old 02-08-2010, 07:59 PM   #34 (permalink)
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It worked for my BF and I. Then I grew tired of traveling/spending money on hotel rooms and rental cars. My reasoning was that money could be used on oh, say, rent? Perhaps closer to BF?

And here I am, almost 3 years later, in beautiful, mountainous Colorado.

Our lives together have only improved since then! =)
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