“It hasn’t been as hard as I expected it to be,” says Smith.
Long-distance couples also reported sharing more with their partners, and feeling like their partners were really listening.
“You always hear people say ‘long-distance relationships suck’ or ‘long-distance relationships never work out,’” Jiang says.
That’s definitely been the case for Smith and Kendrot.“Not only does it force you to keep in touch, it forces you to make an effort to do that,” Smith says.
In other words, if you’re dating someone nearby, it gets easy to take the relationship for granted, and to maybe not put in as much work as you should, he says.
“Indeed, our culture, particularly American culture, emphasizes being together physically and frequent face-to-face contact for close relationships, but long-distance relationships clearly stand against all these values.”It’s especially reassuring to hear this now, as so many couples today are living apart.