Not only that, long-distance couples are more likely to share meaningful thoughts and feelings, and therefore, experience a deeper sense of emotional intimacy, according to one study of 63 college students.But not everyone can thrive in this kind of romantic commitment.Although the people in a long-distance did not interact as frequently throughout the day, their interactions were longer and more intimate."If being geographically apart is inevitable, people should not despair," Crystal Jiang, an assistant professor at City University of Hong Kong and coauthor of the paper, told the Huffington Post.The harsh reality is that you probably won’t stay close with every friend that is separated from you by a long distance. The silver lining is that if you both are committed, it’s totally doable to sustain a friendship even over a long distance.
The study of 63 couples, published in the Journal of Communication in 2013, found that digital media, like video chatting and texting, may help couples achieve healthy long-distance relationships — at least among younger daters.Emma Dargie, a Ph D student in clinical psychology at Queen's University who has studied hundreds of long-distance daters, says that the single best advice for maintaining a healthy, long-distance relationship is communication."Establish the needs of each partner early on, practice working towards meeting those needs, and give feedback about which needs are still being unmet," Dargie told Business Insider in an email.Going long distance with no end in sight can be trickier."Those who are certain of when they will be in the same city as their partner … Dargie, along with a team of researchers at Queen's University, published a paper last year that compared relationship quality between long-distance couples and geographically-close couples.