Relationships are challenging enough, adding long distance to the mix only makes it more challenging.
If you have met someone online that is long distance, you should first ask yourself about whether this is something that you truly want to pursue.
You may be at a place right now where you don’t have any emotional attachments to this person quite yet.
In other words, you may still be at the very early stages of getting to know this person that you met on an online dating site who happens to be long distance.
If you feel that you may not be able to handle the long distance aspects of this situation, this would be the best time to let this person know this and stop interacting with this person.
This may be the most prudent way to go about this.
If there are no emotional attachments yet, you may be able to end this long distance interaction right now without much damage done to both parties.
However, if you feel that you want to pursue this, perhaps you are already feeling some emotional attachment to this person, then there are a number of things you need to do.
In order to give yourself the best chance of making this long distance relationship work, you should communicate with this person on a regular basis.
You should also ensure that the majority of your interaction with this person that you met through online dating is done through video.
It is essential that you communicate through the video format.
This way, the both of you get to see each other’s faces as you interact and this helps to build a stronger bond between the both of you.
Also, using primarily video to communicate allows the both of you the ability to communicate in real time.
The mistake people make when they choose to only text or email each other when they are in a long distance relationship is that they don’t acknowledge the likelihood that there will be a lot of breaks in the flow of their conversations.
The both of you may get into a conversation but it never has any flow to it because there are constant breaks in the cycle of communication when someone on the other side may be unable to respond.
On the contrary, when you are video conferencing, you are both communicating with each other in real time and this allows the both of you to have a natural flow to the conversation.
This kind of flow allows you to start and end with a topic in real time.
On the contrary, using emails and texts can prolong a particular topic for days due to the breaks in communication.
It is essential that you are able to start and end a topic in good time because this allows you to change to new topics.
The more consistent you are in starting new topics, the more interesting your conversations.
This allows the long distance interaction to feel more fun and a lot less boring.
Being that it is long distance, having fun is crucial.
The moment one or the both of you start getting bored with your conversations, communication may become less until it completely sputters out.
Also, you may have met this person while online dating and they may be long distance but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still go on virtual dates.
Ensure that you have regular virtual dates with each other.
You could both go to the movies by watching a movie together at the same time while video conferencing each other.
You could both go on a dinner at home date by both preparing the same dish at the same time on video then proceeding to eat the dishes you both prepared simultaneously.
Going on virtual dates in long distance dating is crucial in order to keep the both of you connected and make you look forward to when you will actually be able to do these things with each other in real life.
This is how you can go about maintaining a long distance relationship with someone that you met online.