Thanks to technology such as the Internet, distance can no longer be a barrier to effective communication. It so happens that constant communication is the key to a successful relationship, including long distance relationships. You could say that, thanks to the Internet, maintaining a long distance relationship is easier these days than before. Entering into one has also been made more possible for other people because of the Internet as well.
Effects of the Internet on Long Distance Relationships
To understand how the Internet has helped long distance relationships, it is best to compare the old days to the way things are nowadays. First, people only had snail mail to use for their communication. They also have the option to make a long distance phone call to their lover, but this can get expensive so people can only maintain communications through mail. However, like its name suggests, mail can be very slow and takes up to months on end to reach its recipient. Of course, people have no other choice and, in fairness, snail mail did its part as a means of communication between distance-crossed lovers. You couldn’t help but think, however, that there should be a faster means of communication between two people in love that are unfortunately separated by long distance.
Apparently, those kinds of difficulties are non-existent these days. The Internet has given birth to the following possibilities that were otherwise not available during the days before it was developed and made available for public use:
• Speedy receipt of email
Electronic mail is a quantum leap of technology compared to snail mail. By simply utilizing phone lines and/or signals to send a message, e-mail makes it possible for two lovers to send and receive emails to each other in an incredible span of just a few seconds or at most a minute. So, if there’s a misunderstanding to be resolved, they don’t have to spend money on expensive long distance calls because email is much faster.
• Instant messaging
With the Internet, you can now send instant messages to each other. It’s like talking to each other in real time, only this time you are using instant messaging services and text-based messages to communicate. Broadband even makes it possible to stream video, so you can see each other through webcam while chatting.
• Online dating services
In the old days, people had to be referred to each other in order to meet someone they would want to engage in a long relationship with. The Internet, however, has given birth to online dating services that allow people to go out there and find that person they might be interested in having a relationship with.