By Jetonnica Dade
A long distance relationship is where two people live far away from each other and don’t see each other on a day-to-day basis.
How does a long distance work?
Some long-distance relationships begin when you meet someone traveling, or online. Some relationships begin when one of you moves away for work, school, or because your family moves.
How can you make a long distance relationship work?
The number one thing to making it work is to make a commitment in your relationship. Like the more time you spend together, the greater the chances of bonding between the two of you, and the more opportunity you have to get know more about one another.
Foley High School Junior Jacob Stockwell said, ” Communication plays a huge factor like in any other relationship. You have to make time for that person at least once a day ,whether that be calling the person, or sending them a quick text to show your significant other that you are thinking about them. As a side note, long distance relationships aren’t for everybody. You have to trust the person will not just hook up with anybody. Trust is hard for some people. In relationship, you won’t always know where you are at every given moment. Those kinds of people are the ones not fit for long distance dating. The bottom line is that long distance relationships can work and will work if you allow them to.”
What are challenges in long distance relationships and ways to overcome them?
All relationship have challenges; however, long distance relationships often present additional issues.
The toughest things about being in a long distance relationship might include
How can you overcome these problems?
- Keep in touch daily
- Be open and honest with each other
- Make time for the two of you when you are together
Foley High School sophomore Heaven Ramos said, “Long distance relationships are not meant for teens. We are constantly changing our minds, loosing interest, and meeting new people. When you don’t see your partner on a regular basis, it can be hard to stay faithful.”
What can you do when things in the relationship aren’t working out?
Like any relationship, there can be times that you argue or go through tough times even when you are not in the same location. This may not signal the end of the relationship; instead, it could be a result of a lack of communication, a difference in opinion, or uncertainty about how the relationship is going.
Foley High School sophomore Trenton Trotter said,”Trust is the #1 thing you must have in a long distance relationship. If you don’t have trust in the relationship, you don’t have a relationship. Trust that person until they give you a reason not to trust them. Also communicate with your partner. Make sure that you are on their mind as much as you are on theirs.”
Foley High School sophomore Jada Powell said, “Long distance relationships aren’t the best ideas in my opinion. At least not for teens these days. It takes a lot of trust. Some people are already a bit crazy about what their partner may be doing, so imagine them in a long distance relationship. It would make them go insane. However, some people can handle it. Being in a relationship takes responsibility. If you’re in school or working, that brings more responsibilities. To make the relationship work, you need a lot of trust and need to know that both people are faithful. Then it should work out.”
Long distance relationships can be tough. It seems like if you are willing to put in the time and effort to hold the relationship together while you are not in the same place, things can work out fine.
But there are many issues that need to be overcome, which can be difficult for many immature and jealous teenagers.