An online relationship can be stronger than a physical one. This is because you both will appreciate each other more since you only get to see each other online.
Being in an online relationship can sometimes be difficult because it gives you a feeling of uncertainty. However, to maintain an online relationship does not have to be difficult. You can make it easy by staying connected with your partner, creating intimacy and building a future together.
How to stay connected
1. Communicate daily to maintain your connection.
Use multiple means of communication to stay in touch daily. This can include email, messaging apps, texting, and phone calls. Message your partner several times a day, and set aside time to have a real conversation.
2. Get to know each other really well to build your relationship.
Tell each other everything about yourselves, including your background, your interests, and your goals in life. Additionally, share the mundane happenings in your life so you feel well-acquainted with each other. The better you understand each other, the deeper your relationship will be.
You can start by comparing your interests, like your favorite movies, bands, and books. As you get to know each other better, you might take an online personality quiz and share the results with each other.
3. Follow each other on social media and be active on it.
Social media is a great way to keep in touch with your partner and what’s going on in their life. Discuss which social media sites you’re both going to be active on. Then, follow each other’s accounts. Post actively on your account so your partner can easily keep up with what you’re doing.
4. Be honest with your partner at all times.
If you’re lying to each other, your relationship won’t be very strong. While you can’t control what your partner does, you can make sure you’re always telling the truth. Always be honest about who you are, what you’re doing, and what you want from this relationship.
5. Learn each other’s daily schedules so you feel part of each other’s lives.
When your relationship is based online, you might feel like you’re not totally connected in the real world. Being aware of each other’s schedules can help you feel like you’re part of each other’s lives. Share your schedules with each other and send each other updates about what you’re doing.
Creating intimacy with your partner
1. Video chat at least once a week so you can see each other.
While texting and messaging are a great way to stay in touch, try to video chat as often as you can. This allows you to see each other so you feel truly connected. Make a video chat date at least once a week or more often as you can.
2. Show your feelings with small gifts, letters, and special messages.
Being intimate is harder when you’re dating online, but it’s not impossible. Send your partner online cards or memes to let them know how you feel. Consider sending them letters or postcards so they have something tangible to hold. Additionally, mail them small items or send an online purchase to them as a special treat.
3. Spice things up with some romantic talk.
Being separated by a long distance doesn’t mean you can’t add a little romance into your relationship. If you feel comfortable, send your partner a sext or write them an intimate letter.
4. Do things together while you’re on the phone or online.
Schedule shared activities that you can treat like dates. This might include playing an online game together, going on a walk together while on video chat, or eating dinner over video chat. Talk about what you’re doing with each other and try to enjoy this special time together.
5. Read the same books and watch the same shows and talk about them.
Having things to talk about will help you feel more intimate with each other. Choose books, shows, or movies that you’re both going to read or watch. Then, talk about what you both got from them and what you liked or didn’t like about them.
6. Exchange personal items so you have a physical reminder of them.
Send your partner something of yours, like a t-shirt, stuffed toy, or book that you love. Then, ask your partner to send you something, as well. Keep this item somewhere you’ll see it everyday to serve as a physical reminder of your partner.
Building a relationship together
1. Talk about your relationship expectations so you’re doing this together.
Talk to your partner about what you want from the relationship. Then, ask them what they’re hoping to get from it. Make sure that you either share the same expectations or can find a compromise that makes you both happy.
2. Set relationship goals together.
Just like an offline relationship, you and your partner should talk to each other and set your relationship goals and boundaries. Discuss what you both want for the future so you’re on the same page.
3. Maintain strong relationships with your friends and family for support.
Being in an online relationship can feel hard at times, especially since you can’t physically touch your partner. To help you deal with these feelings, build a support network for yourself by spending more time with your friends and loved ones. Reach out to them when you need in-person support or physical contact, like a hug.
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