It works only to a certain extent. Long Distance Relationships (LDRs) are hard to maintain mainly because relationships are meant to be primarily personal. There are a lot of challenges regarding LDRs. People in LDRs suffer the most as compared to other people in non-LDR relationships.
There really is a great difference between talking to a loved one personally, and talking through an electronic device or through other avenues. In personal interactions, one can really see the genuineness of their actions. Hearing those words come from their mouth is miles better than just reading them on a simple text message or listening through a distorted sound from the phone. Words seem to be more meaningful when it comes from their mouths. Further, the feeling of hugging a person and being hugged back with their strong arms saying that they’re never going to let you go is something LDRs miss out regularly. Not to mention kisses that symbolize one’s love. There’s also that constant doubt. It’s risky enough to let a person have some time on their own, but it’s riskier to be so far away from that person. There are a lot of things that could happen. Because of the great deal of distance, that hunger for physical interaction could be given by another person who is advantageous in terms of proximity. There are a lot of temptations to deal with, and there are a lot of limitations set. It’s even heartbreaking, and one cannot not be able to feel jealous when seeing his/her partner enjoying with someone else. It’s definitely challenging.
However, the great thing about LDRs is that one can see the true meaning of being with a person physically. With LDR couples, that rare chance that they can be physically together opens up a lot of memorable moments and memories that they’ll treasure for a lifetime. A hug becomes a hundred times more meaningful because it’s a hug that’s months overdue. It’s the absolute symbolism of never letting go. Holding hands, kisses. Those kinds of stuff. Each moment is treasured because these people know what it’s like to be separated, and being together is a million times better than being separated. People in LDRs also know the meaning of trust more. It takes a massive amount of trust to be with a person who’s physically so distant from you and god knows what they’re doing at random times of the day.
Just like any other couple, couples in LDRs are subject to challenges, but it’s up to them to conquer such challenges. I say it only works to a certain extent mainly because couples have to be physically together forever. They can’t just be away from each other forever. Sooner or later, one has to sacrifice him/herself in order to be with the one they love, and that they couldn’t face the challenges of couples in LDRs anymore, but rather face the challenges of couples who are living together. LDRs may be temporary, but they sure build the strength of your relationship one way or another.