Long Distance Relationships

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Long Distance Relationships – Modern Media
August 18, 2010
Christopher Benedetti

Long distance relationships are no longer a thing of the past. Modern technology has made it viable for partners to stay constantly in touch during a 24-hour period. A review of five peer-reviewed journals provides a variety of perspectives of long distance relationships. The articles focus on the positive and negative aspects of Long Distance Relationships. Weaknesses, strengths and differences in long distance relationships versus geographically close relationships are evident. The articles represent studies that have been conducted and provide the pros and cons, and the different affects they have in relationships.  

Long Distance Relationships-Modern Media
Long distance relationships can be stressful at times because of the distance between partners. However, distance can be beneficial, in many ways. Some couples prefer the distance because it provides a sense of freedom without their partner to feeling neglected. On the other hand, geographically close relationships allows the couple more personal touch. Unlike the intimacy and affection that would be missing in a long distance relationship. Modern technology has played a major role in long distance relationships. Technological tools such as a computer with a webcam connected to it, or I-phones, and instant messaging makes it easy to maintain a long distance relationship. A review of five articles will help understand what works for a lasting long distance relationships, and disadvantages to such a relationship. Most believe long distance relationships don’t work. However, long distance relationship can work with much commitment and the help from modern technology. A student attending University of Phoenix has conducted some research, in the research logs the student addressed articles that discuss how in today’s world technology has made it possible to conduct a successful long distance relationship (LDR). The articles and journals speak of the strengths and weaknesses, and how modern technology with the modern equipment has made it easier for an LDR to function like clock-work. The use of the cells phones, computer, Instant Messaging (IM), e-mails, and web-cams has made it very possible to conduct and maintained a successful (LDR) with cyber-technologies. It is estimated that about “14 Million Americans are currently in (LDR), according to the Center for the Study of Long Distance Relationships” (Keller, 2008-2010).

Commitment Predictors: Long Distance Relationships
versus Geographically Close Relationships
Pistole, C.M., Amber, R., & Jonathan E.M.
The article focuses on the weaknesses, strengths and, differences of long distance relationships (LDRs) versus the geographically close relationships (GCRs). Long distance relationships are proven to be more stable; however, they often cause stress because of the distance between partners, and the long spans of time of not seeing each other (Pistole, Amber & Jonathan, 2010). On the other hand GCRs are better at showing physical signs of a relationship. Physical signs in a geographically close relationship; provides the ability to body language and the sincerity of the eyes when gazing at each other. Also in a GCR the partners can touch, smell, and taste each other. In LDRs commitment is essential. Although the research could not determine whether long distance relationships outweigh geographically close relationships the discoveries in the article state that LDRs and GCRs have relatively close variations of commitment. It increases and decreases concerning certain variations, some leaning toward LDRs and others to GCRs. The results were not concrete and additional research is needed to determine the difference and the connection between long distance relationships and geographically close relationships.

Technology and Long Distance Relationships
Chang, S., 2003-05-27
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