by Gena Kaufman
CN Digital StudioLong-distance relationships are hard, but according to new research, they might be absolutely worth it.
A new study says that men and women in long-distance relationships are more likely to share meaningful thoughts and feelings and have a greater sense of intimacy than couples who live together geographically. The couples who lived apart had fewer interactions daily, but they revealed more about themselves in the interactions.
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It's not all Skype roses though. Licensed psychotherapist Rachel Sussman says that while technology has been a driving force in long-distance relationships, this research doesn't account for the "loneliness factor" and the second-guessing that happens when a couple is apart, so long-distance relationships can still be really stressful. (Additionally, the study was conducted among participants whose average age was 21.)
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Still, I think there's a lot to be said for being forced to communicate without being in the same room. Face-to-face time is good, but it's easy to get distracted when you're together by TV or computers or whatever else. When you have to make the effort to talk to each other on the phone or by webcam, it makes sense that you might actually end up being more intimate.
Just consider that a little something to warm your heart if you're feeling a little lonely in your LDR tonight!
Ever been in a long-distance relationship? Did it feel more intimate? Did it work out or not?
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by Gena Kaufman