Can long distance relationships work?

Can long distance relationships work?

I was recently talking with one of my girlfriends who informed that her boyfriend of 2 years was moving 3 hours away for work. They are pretty serious, but she’s enrolled in school here and won’t be done for 2 years- and then she plans on moving out there with him and starting her career. All of this got me to thinking; can long distance relationships really work?

I know they have worked for some. I’ve actually known a few people who met their sweetheart online and maintained a long distance relationship for quite a while. However, I do have to say that those relationships eventually crashed and burned, so can these last forever? I have a hard time thinking they can.

I know if two people are really in love, they are going to do everything I their power to make it work for them. If the get to visit each other often, I think the relationship has a much higher chance of making it to the end. But, I do think that extensive times of not seeing the other can definitely change things. We are human beings and one thing that we crave universally is close human contact. When you haven’t seen the person you love for an extensive amount of time, you can begin to forget the reasons as to why that person became so important to you. A phone conversation can never compare to actually being there. I’d love to know some stories about people who did make these relationships work and how you went about getting through the hard time.