With 7 out of every 10 students claiming to have been in a long-distance relationship at some point, they are probably something we should know more about.
Long-distance relationships are not new, but advances in technology have made staying connected to high school sweethearts — or significant others from a previous school — a lot easier.
Instant Messenger and email were the newest technologies for attempting such a thing 20 years ago.
Today, students utilize texting, Skype, Facetime, and the like to connect with their long-distance love.
These same advances in technology have even made it possible to begin a relationship with someone you’ve never physically met in person. Be it on Facebook or Twitter, or even online dating sites — students no longer feel limited to the community of individuals geographically located on their campus.
Yet, what do we really know about long-distance relationships???
And how do we assist these students when we typically only get to see one side of the relationship.
Check out the infographic below — and make specific note of:
1. some of the “predictors of success” for long-distance relationships, as well as
2. the challenge of idealization.
How do you assist students in long-distance relationships?
And how is that different from what you might offer your students who are engaged in a relationship with someone else on campus?